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October 9, 2012 > CSU campuses begin accepting fall applications

CSU campuses begin accepting fall applications

Submitted By Stephanie Thara

As of October 1, all 23 CSU campuses have begun accepting applications from new students for admission to the fall 2013 term. Students intending to apply for fall should visit the website www.csumentor.edu to complete the online application.

While all campuses will be accepting applications, they will hold applications until the end of the initial filing period - Nov. 30, 2012 - and the outcome of Proposition 30 has been determined. The 2012-13 California state budget includes a mid-year "trigger" cut tied to Proposition 30 and if the measure is not approved by voters, the CSU budget will be cut by $250 million. Because enrollment capacity is tied to the amount of available state funding, in this event the CSU will forced to reduce enrollment by approximately 20,000 students.

"The ability to enroll new students will be greatly affected by the outcome of Proposition 30," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "If the measure fails and the CSU budget is cut further, it will result in campuses being forced to turn away thousands of fully qualified new students."

Notification of admission decisions will begin after the close of the initial application filing period, at which time the outcome of the vote on Proposition 30 will be known. During the application process, prospective students are strongly encouraged to be aware of campus requirements and deadlines. High school seniors and community college transfer students are especially encouraged to apply no later than Nov. 30. After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. CSU Mentor is the best system-wide source for updated information on applying to campuses and programs.

The next step after applying is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Nearly half of CSU undergraduates receive enough in financial aid to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Nearly CSU students also benefit from one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Visit www.calstate.edu for more information.

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