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March 01, 1992|KIM WILLIAMS | KIM WILLIAMS is chairwoman of the California State Student Assn., which represents 362,000 full - and part-time students. Commenting on the California State University Board of Trustees' decision to raise student fees next year by 40%, she told The Times:

The planned fee increase is outrageous because it will lock lower-income people and much of the middle class out of higher education. Many students simply won't be able to afford the cost. Some already enrolled will be forced to drop out.

I've been a full-time student. However, I'll have to enroll as a part-time student because I can't afford these fees. That means my education will be prolonged. Many other students are in the same situation.

The level of financial aid is inadequate and students are already borrowing more and going deeper and deeper into debt.

This fee increase is very shortsighted. If the fees increase, the number of students will decline, reducing the school system's revenue. Instead of raising tuition, the trustees should cut costs. For example, they should consider cutting the pay of top administrators.

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