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South Bay Community Colleges Brace For Even Deeper Cuts

CUPERTINO (KCBS) – The cost of education continues to rise for students across the state and those at community college campuses in the South Bay are especially feeling the burden.

At most colleges, tuition and fees are skyrocketing while the number of available classes goes in the opposite direction.

KCBS' Matt Bigler Reports:

Omar Naranjo, a freshman at De Anza College in Cupertino, said he wishes the state would spend more money on community colleges and less on other projects.

"I heard of one project where they're doing research on cows, which really makes no sense to me," he said. "Why waste your money on that when you can be helping students?"

John Hendrickson, the Chancellor of the West Valley Mission Community College District, said high school transfers are up and state schools are redirecting students to community colleges.  But the wait list for those classes is longer than ever.

"In the Santa Clara County area, I get a sense that the number of students who are enrolled, but can't get into classes is closer to 10,000," said Hendrickson.

The average cost per community college unit will go from $68-to-$92 this fall, and may go even higher midway through the school year.

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