Tuition hikes at 23 public California colleges make students question: ‘Is it even worth it?’

A 6% increase appeared small. It amounted to $342 for every student in the first year. But when Crystal Chavira-Ordunez discussed the tuition rise with their sister, who has been considering attending Cal State Fullerton to pursue a K-12 teaching program, she bristled.

Faced with a $1.5bn budget deficit and a years-long enrollment decline, trustees in September voted to raise tuition costs, prompting backlash from students and faculty alike.

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