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October 15, 2013 > CSU campuses now accepting applications

CSU campuses now accepting applications

Submitted By Nicole Ellis

The application period for admission to the fall 2014 school year for all California State University campuses is now open. High school seniors, community college transfers, and anyone else interested in attending one of the 23 CSU campuses is now able to log on to the application website and apply.

The process is easy. The CSUMentor website allows students to explore their options. It offers tools like matching assistant, comparative view, campus facts, and distance search to help narrow the various campus choices down. Once a school, or schools, is chosen, students can fill out an online application on the same website. Other helpful sites include a CSU degree search where students can select various preferences, like an area of study, and the website will suggest a degree program that best fits their needs.

The CSU is the largest system of higher education in the country with just under 500,000 students and 50,000 faculty members. The CSU system awards thousands of degrees a year and has done so since its creation in 1961. CSUÕs mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education. After applying for a CSU, students can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or California Dream Act application beginning in 2014. CSU students benefit from one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation, but more than half of all CSU students receive student aid.

For the past several years, the CSU system had to turn away around 25,000 eligible students each year because of budget cuts. With the stateÕs reinvestment in higher education in the 2013-14 budget, CSUÕs enrollment will increase by about 6,000 students over the course of the year. Although the numbers are slowing increasing, nearly 20,000 students will be turned away due to inadequate funding this upcoming year. The CSU Board of Trustees looked over an initial budget proposal for the 2014-15 school year that includes a request for additional funding to further grow enrollment.

The Bay Area is home to three CSU campuses: CSU East Bay, San Francisco, and San Jose. All 23 campuses encourage applicants to have their applications in by Nov. 30.
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