Like many college students, Cal State Northridge junior Jocelyn Silva is stressed over her rising tuition and mounting student debt. The 22-year-old gender studies major, who comes from a working-class family in Fillmore, said she's even considered taking a year off from school so she can work full time and save money.
Annual tuition at the nation's largest university system is now $5,970, in addition to $1,047 in campus fees. Cal State University students could see an additional 5 percent tuition hike this spring if voters fail to pass Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative.
So when the CSU earlier this year approved a round of raises for newly hired campus presidents, Silva said she was outraged. "So many students are struggling, and yet the CSU is still finding the money to give their presidents raises," said Silva, a member of the CSU campus group Students for Quality Education. "What do the presidents really do anyway? I can't understand why they get paid so much money."
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