A state audit is shedding light on why the California State Universities are refusing to refund mandatory fees for on-campus facilities and services now that campuses are closed.
That decision prompted a lawsuit by students who want their money back. It turns out many CSU campuses are relying on increasing mandatory fees to cover things like salaries and benefits that typically are covered by tuition and state funding.
Unlike tuition increases, which have significant checks and balances, the audit found that there is little oversight of the increasing fees which are also increasing the cost of going to a state school above and beyond tuition.
Grants and scholarships often don’t cover the mandatory fees, which have more than doubled since 2012, even though the CSU system is now getting more money from the state.