Fresno State students scramble to meet tuition deadline

FRESNO, Calif.

For one mom, paying her son's tuition for this fall included a hefty increase.

Kay Pucheu: "Thirty two hundred and sixty seven dollars for one semester and one parking permIt for the year."

Jess Loundsbry is paying his tuition in two installments plus a $50 fee -- and he's worried about getting the classes he needs. "It's one thing if there increasing all the fees and everybody's getting the classes, all the teachers are there. But it seems like the fees are going up and they're getting less classes"

At the Financial Aid Department there's also a long line of people waiting to find out if they're gonna have enough money to cover the fee increases that have to be paid by tomorrow.

Holly Scott wanted to make sure that qualifying last March for financial aid is still valid today. "It's hard to get any answers so you have to come here and wait in line. And I've been here for an hour and a half so I might as well continue waiting."

Financial Aid Director Maria Hernandez says 60 percent of Fresno State students are eligible for grants and loans. "The number of students who are applying for financial aid has definitely increased over the last couple of years as the economy has gone downward."

Government grants come at no cost but loans have to be paid back.

Criminology student Vanessa Luna's savings will be gone by the fall. "As of next spring semester I don't have any money for school left. The savings have run dry. So I don't know if I can come back or I'll have to pulling up loans."

What happens in the spring semester depends on factors these college students have no control over.

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