Deadline extended to Oct. 31 for some winter, spring quarter applicants
- September 29, 2010
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While the deadline to apply for fall 2010 classes at Cal State East Bay has passed, an injection of federal funding is allowing the university to continue accepting applications for the 2011 winter and spring quarters from upper division transfer and graduate applicants through Oct. 31. After that date, applications will be accepted only on a "space available" basis.
"Graduate students are encouraged to update their applications if they originally applied for the spring and now would like to be considered for winter quarter as well," said Annette Hoffman-Walker, director of domestic graduate admissions for CSUEB. "However, CSUEB cannot guarantee admission by the specific department's graduate program."
A final round of State Fiscal Stabilization Fund dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allow the California State University to allocate $106 million to begin a limited admission of new students and partially restore course sections and student services for the upcoming winter and spring terms. Cal State East Bay’s share of the allocation is expected to allow the university to serve the equivalent of 254 full time students in winter and spring who otherwise would have not gained access to the university in 2010-2011.
“Cal State East Bay is very hopeful that this news means that we will be able to offer admission to qualified applicants for winter and spring quarters,” said Greg Smith, associate vice president for Planning and Enrollment Management at CSUEB. “In anticipation of this, we are now accepting applications from upper division transfer and graduate applicants and communicating to them that we will know later when and if we can move ahead with evaluating their applications and offering them admission.”
Smith indicated that the additional admissions would make a difference in the lives of many students in the local communities.
"We appreciate the efforts of the governor, lieutenant governor and legislature in helping us secure this support," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Despite this influx of one-time funding, it is essential that the state will continue to uphold its commitment to higher education and restore state funding as currently outlined in the budget."
The funds are available due to a federal allocation that will be used to help CSU meet its payroll. In turn, CSU will use monies from state support and student fee revenues previously set aside for payroll to admit a limited number of new students and restore courses that were previously cut due to budget reductions. Across the system, CSU campuses will be able to admit as many as 10,000 new students. In addition, currently enrolled students will be able to take more classes and the CSU will restore as many as 3,000 course sections for the winter and spring terms. ARRA funding will also allow the CSU to partially restore student services (such as advisement, health and learning centers, etc.) and campus operations (such as library hours and maintenance) that were decreased due to previous budget cuts.
The CSU opened up the spring 2011 application cycle on August 1 and extended the cycle past the traditional August 31 deadline. As of September 13, the CSU had received approximately 41,000 applications for admission to the spring term. This final round of stimulus funding will allow the CSU to admit a portion of those students who applied, but the admission of the remainder of qualified new students is contingent upon the approval by the governor and legislature of a state budget that includes a restoration of state funding for the CSU.
The CSU has seen massive cuts in state support over the last two years and was forced to address the reduction in funding through the use of employee furloughs and workforce reductions, enrollment cuts and increased student fees. The governor's proposed budget includes the first restoration of state funding to the CSU since 2007 with $305 million to restore a one-time cut and an additional $60.6 million to fund further enrollment expansion.
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