Students might be facing the biggest tuition hikes ever

FRESNO, Calif.

The university could also be forced to drop about 800 classes from its schedule. And the biggest threat looming, a possible 32% increase in tuition.

Fresno State students know all too well, the rising costs of getting an education.

Fresno State already has to cut $20 million from its budget for the 2011-2012 semester. Campus President John Welty says if tax extensions do not pass, the campus could be looking at an additional $5.5 million in cuts.

Welty said, "It all depends on when the legislature acts, every day the legislature delays it means greater pain."

Additional cuts could mean Fresno State would block new admissions for winter and spring 2012 semesters. Existing students could see an increase in tuition and fees by as much as 32% -- an increase of $1,566 for full-time undergraduates for a total of $6,450 per year.

Daniela Riedelsheimer said, "That's terrible, I thought it was bad ... going to get worse."

Fresno State could have to turn away as many as 20 thousand qualified eligible applicants.

As part of $20 million in cuts already approved -- 600 fewer students who have already been accepted and placed on a wait list will not be allowed to enroll in the fall.

The campus is also cutting the number of lecturers and 600 to 800 courses.

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