FRESNO -- The California State University is about to embrace a word that once was taboo: tuition.
For decades, the system has split hairs over the terminology describing the biggest bill paid by students at Fresno State and 22 other CSU campuses.
California residents pay a "state university fee" meant to support noninstructional services. Only those students from outside California fork over tuition, which pays for teaching expenses.
Now, the CSU plans to revise those terms -- along with its prices -- as a more honest description of its charges.
Tuesday, a committee of trustees took the first steps toward raising tuition by 5 percent for the spring and another 10 percent for fall 2011.
The full board votes today.
The new terminology is an acknowledgment that California students aren't getting the state-supported "tuition-free" education that was a guiding principle of the state's master plan for higher education.
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