CSU to Admit All Qualified Students


July 3, 2017 11:02 AM
by Susan Dutca
Due to a new budget deal, all qualified students will soon be admitted into one of the 23 campuses at California State University. With some of the more competitive schools only accepting 30-34 percent of its applicants, qualified students have been historically denied because campuses were too full. While the initiative gives students more access to higher education, there is a catch.

Due to a new budget deal, all qualified students will soon be admitted into one of the 23 campuses at California State University. With some of the more competitive schools only accepting 30-34 percent of its applicants, qualified students have been historically denied because campuses were too full. While the initiative gives students more access to higher education, there is a catch.

California's new budget deal will allow qualified California students to be admitted to another campus with space, in the event that they do not get accepted to their school of choice. CSU's initiative was inspired by the University of California, which promises admission to students who rank in the top 9 percent of graduates in the state.

Aside from needing to meet certain academic requirements, students will have to find ways to afford CSU's tuition, which is set to increase by roughly 5 percent, or $270 per student. In the 2015-2016 school year, 80 percent of its students received financial aid. In-state tuition for the 2016-2017 school year was $5,472 and 52 percent of students received federal Pell grants. While the new admission policy grants greater access to the university, "the biggest obstacle in getting a degree at a California state school may now be financial..." Consequently, the tuition increase could hinder certain low-income, first generation and like students from attending the university.

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