SAN JOSE -- San Jose State students bracing for a steep hike in student fees next year got a reprieve this week, as the president announced he is canceling the increase.
The move follows student protests over the campus's rising Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee -- which, targeted at $790 for coming year, would have become the highest charge of its kind in the 23-campus CSU system.
If the new fee rates remain the same for both semesters, the students would instead pay $590, about $40 less than they did this year.
"This semester was a good time to reconsider this fee, which we introduced two years ago," President Mo Qayoumi said in his message to students and employees. "We had very productive discussions with student leaders and we will continue to welcome input from the university community."
Qayoumi also said he would break the charge into three parts. For the fall semester, students will pay $295: a $30 course fee, a $147 fee for athletics and other "instructionally related activities," and a $118 student success fee.
The message does not include details about what each of those fees cover or break down the allocations, but San Jose State's outgoing student body president said separating the fees will make it clearer where the money is going.
"Students have the right to know what their fees are paying for and unbundling the Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee will improve this needed transparency," said a prepared statement from Nicholas Ayala, president of Associated Students of San Jose State. "Our interest in the future of this fee is what is in the best interest of all San Jose State students. In order to make an informed recommendation, there must be adequate time for students to be educated and weigh in on this decision."
The newly elected Associated Students president -- who has been a vocal critic of the administration -- agreed that the administration had taken an important step.
"I'm glad they decided to listen to students," said Gary Daniels, who was among the students protesting the increase.
When he takes office this fall and begins to oversee the spending of student fees, he said, "I definitely plan to make sure students' concerns are heard."
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San Jose State has canceled a hike of its Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee for the fall, which would have cost students $375 for the fall semester and a total of $790 for the upcoming academic year.
Instead, students will pay $295 this coming semester -- and $590 for the year, if the rates don't rise again in the spring. The campus has detailed the fee's three parts:
Course fee: $30
Instructionally related Activities (including athletics): $147
Student Success Fee: $118