CONTACT: Mary Planding,
Director, Marketing & Communications
mary.plandings [at] cabrillo.edu
July 30, 2009
APTOS, CA—This past Tuesday Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2X, the education trailer bill to the 2009-10 state budget, setting California’s community college enrollment fee at $26 per unit, effective immediately for the fall 2009 semester—an increase of 30% from the previous $20.00 per unit.
California Community College fees are set by the state legislature, not by the individual colleges, a different situation than University of California or California State University institutions, which set fees individually.
The fee increase is retroactive. Students who have already paid their enrollment fees for fall 2009 will be responsible for paying the $6 per unit increase in fees. Students who have already applied for financial aid and qualified for the Board of Governor’s (BOG) fee waiver do not need to take further action as the fee increase will be fully covered.
“This is a very challenging time for our students,” stated Rebecca Garcia, Cabrillo College Governing Board Chair. “The student fee increase means those students who need us the most at this time may be unable to attend Cabrillo.”
Unlike four-year private or public institutions where tuition is the greatest expense, for a community college student the greatest expense is the cost of his/her textbooks, followed by the cost of living in one of the most expensive areas in the U.S.
“We strongly encourage all students to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application as soon as possible,” said Brian King, Cabrillo College President, “A completed FAFSA means we can determine whether or not a student is eligible for even more financial assistance such as textbook purchases and living expenses, among other items. Our financial aid advisors are available to assist Cabrillo students with applying for financial aid and scholarships.”
For further, more detailed information on:
-- Financial aid and scholarships at Cabrillo: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/finaid
-- FAFSA application: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
-- Community College League of California’s estimated impact of budget cuts on Cabrillo: http://www.ccleague.net/impact/index.html?districtid=5
About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.