Illustration by Moses Lopez
The newest proposed increase is an additional $14 to per unit fees. This would make the total price $40 for each unit a student takes. While it is understandable that with budget cuts looming for higher education, something needs to happen to make up the difference, when it is going to stop?The current cost for a student to attend Cerritos College is estimated at $868 per semester for a full time student (12 units, plus fees and estimated books). At California State University Long Beach, the estimated cost for a full time student is $9,426. With the addition of the proposed increase, estimated costs would be over a thousand dollars. While there is quite a difference between the two costs, if the every-other-semester fee increases keep happening, Cerritos College will soon be just as costly as the four-year universities.If the fees do continue to rise, it is beseeched that administration be transparent as to what exactly the added money is being used for. Students that are constantly paying more for education should know where that money is going.Joshua Kaananna, English major says, “All I want from this school is consistency and if they want to change the price per unit so dramatically, then it is obvious they aren’t thinking about their students.”Students aren’t welcoming the thought of yet another fee increase after the one in the fall of 2009 when fees were raised $6. Again, this doesn’t sound like a big increase, but if those additional raises continuously appear, our costs will be exponentionally greater than they currently are. It is asked that administration seriously think about what they are charging their students for an education. And if they consider it imperative to increase fees, be transparent about what exactly the money is being used for.