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Statements For and Against

Statements Supporting a Student Success Fee

  • Providing additional funding for bottleneck classes would directly benefit many students in allowing them to graduate sooner.  Every semester saved saves students approximately $6,500.
  • Provides Cal State San Marcos with the flexibility and opportunity to direct funds to the things we value most on our campus.
  • Strengthening advising services would allow students to establish clearer paths to graduation, again potentially saving a semester of tuition and fees.
  • Strengthening career services would provide more internship opportunities and more awareness of professional opportunities with a given major.
  • Both providing additional classes that allow students to progress toward their degree and strengthening advising to allow reinforcement of course selections that allow progress toward degree have the potential to increase the number of students who reach their degree goal.
  • Strengthening student support services, such as Supplemental Instruction, Math Center, Writing Center, and STEM Center can have a direct impact on student success.  In some majors, failing one course can set a student back an entire year in their progress to graduation.  Increasing student success in courses can have a direct impact on retention and reaching graduation.
  • Programs offering student support services like tutoring and advising can engage in more thoughtful planning with the stability resulting from implementation of this type of student fee.
  • Financial aid resources (such as Pell Grants and federal loans) may be used to pay the Student Success Fee mitigating the impact to eligible students.

Statements Against a Student Success Fee

  • Not all the funded programs will have a direct influence in helping every student in terms of  graduation time or success in coursework.  In the initial year, upperclassmen will be paying a fee that helps the next generation of students, and does not really help them as much.
  • It may not be obvious/transparent where the funds are going.
  • No vote, so there is not a way for students to really say NO to the fee.
  • Increasing fees make it more expensive to attend college.
  • Students feel they are paying for government mismanagement and lack of commitment to higher education.
  • The programs to be supported are in place now, but are not adequate or cannot be sustained or enhanced under the current budget climate.  Thus, students feel they are seeing less and less of programs that should be guaranteed based on their current tuition and fee payments.  They are paying more and getting less.
  • Students voted for Prop 30 so tuition wouldn't increase. The University refunded the tuition increase and now wants to raise fees again. Students feel misled.
  • May limit access for some students by making tuition and fees prohibitively expensive.