SDSU students question tuition and fees as CSU schools move online for fall

Posted at 5:45 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 23:25:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - CSU Chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday that all CSU campuses would remain online for the fall term.

He said there will be some exceptions for classes such as nursing, life-science labs and interactive architecture or engineering. Virtual education began mid-March for CSU schools.

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The news is bringing many questions from San Diego State University students about the cost of their education.

“Are we going to be paying the same amount next year as we’re paying now for a very different education?” questioned graduating senior Bella Ross, who is the Editor in Chief for San Diego State’s newspaper, The Daily Aztec.

She said this decision is impacting student’s futures.

“People are thinking about taking gap years, they didn’t want to come to a four year university like San Diego state that’s so big on campus life to be taking online classes from their hometown,” she said.

Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesperson for the chancellor’s office, said tuition and fees will not change, despite the move online. He said the schools will still be providing instruction. Also, teachers and staff will be going through training this summer to teach them how to most effectively teach online.
Uhlenkamp said all CSU schools have additional fees for resources like gyms and libraries. Many of those fees are mandatory but they do vary school-to-school. He said those fees are still in place to pay for costs like facility maintenance and employee salaries. He said many facilities like health centers will remain open and available for virtual appointments during this time.

A petition saying the costs should change has more than 600 signatures.