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Cal State ‘Success Fees’ Draw Growing Criticism

Undergraduates in the California State University system already pay historically high tuitions: an average of $5,472 a year not including books, room and board.

But students who read the fine print are also noticing an additional charge — anywhere from $30 to nearly $800 a year — under the category of “student success fee.”

That money is going to cover budget gaps for such things as faculty hiring, more classes and technology upgrades.

Students are asking why they are being forced to pay more even as the economy and funding support for education are improving.