Judge Rejects Lawsuit Against Tuition Increase

When California State University unexpectedly increased the education fee in July 2009 one student, communications major Angela Yuen Uyeda, sued the school in small claims court, hoping to get back the $336 extra dollars she was forced to pay.

Well no, San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner Paul Slavit decided Monday. Cal State doesn’t owe Uyeda any money.

According to an article by Stephanie Rice in the San Francisco Chronicle:

San Francisco State University has no obligation to refund a student additional fees it charged after CSU trustees approved a last-minute tuition increase last year, a San Francisco court has decided.

In a hearing last Friday, Uyeda argued it was unfair that officials had accepted one payment from students before the price went up and then billed them a second time for the same semester.

According to the school, there are signs all over bursar’s office letting students know that fees can change at the school’s discretion.

Slavit did not explain the reasoning behind his decision, he simply ruled that the student wasn’t entitled to any money.

Uyeda was a student at San Francisco State University.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer