Open Letter from AS President: Future Tuition Increase

October 31, 2016

Dear California State University, Northridge Campus Community,

Last month I met with the California State Student Association (CSSA) and was made aware of a possible CSU wide tuition increase set to begin in Fall 2017.

CSU expenditures are expected to be approximately $346 million for next year, however Gov. Jerry Brown's tentative expected commitment to the CSU is only set to be $177 million.

Due to the shortage of roughly $169 million, the California State University Board of Trustees will have discussions in the upcoming months about implementing a potential tuition increase. As an advocate for our campus community, I want to inform you of everything I currently know regarding the situation and remain transparent throughout this process.

Below is a summary of the possible yearly tuition increases for students:

Undergraduate, Credential and Graduate Tuition per Academic Year
Current Rate Potential Rate Dollar Change
Undergraduate Programs
6.1 or more units $5,472 $5,742 $270
0 to 6.0 units 3,174 3,330 156
Credential Programs
6.1 or more 6,348 6,660 312
0 to 6.0 3,684 3,864 180
Graduate and Other Post-Baccalaureate Programs
6.1 or more 6,738 7,176 438
0 to 6.0 3,906 4,164 258
Non-Resident Tuition
Current Per Semester Unit Rate Current Per Quarter Unit Rate Potential Per Semester Unit Rate Potential Per Quarter Unit Rate
Non-Resident Tuition $372 $248 $396 $264

Currently, we are working on collecting as much information as we can about this increase, explaining why this increase should not be placed on the backs of students, and creating a plan of action and advocacy against this increase.

Some initiatives we are currently working on are:

  • Holding a town hall on (Nov.22nd 12:00 pm-1:30 pm in the Grand Salon) to further inform you all and answer any questions you may have regarding the potential tuition increase.

  • Mobilizing your senators to outreach to the student body and collect personal statements from all of you on how this increase will affect your chances of graduating in a timely manner. These stories will be shared with the state legislature during our lobbying efforts.

  • Hosting a Phone-Banking session on November 28th from 10:30-12:00pm at the Grand Salon where we will be contacting the CA state legislature and Governor Brown's office to ask them for full funding for the CSU. You are all invited to join us in this effort.

If the CSU receives full funding from the state, then our tuition will NOT increase in the next year. The CSU system prides itself on providing an accessible, affordable, and high quality education and it is up to us to ensure that it stays that way. We need to work together side by side to lobby for a fully funded CSU by making the State Legislature, and specifically the Governor understand that the CSU system deserves sustainable funding.

Fighting against this tuition increase is a top priority for our administration this year. We are planning to work diligently in the coming months to further develop different strategies for advocacy and will keep you all updated throughout the process.

For now, if you have any questions, please address them by contacting me via email at or by calling (818) 677-2477. We want to ensure that all questions are answered with the most accurate information and that all Matadors get a chance to be heard during this process.

In Matador Spirit,

Sevag Alexanian