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Record Summer School Enrollment Expected At Some Bay Area Campuses

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BERKELEY (KCBS) – Summer school is already underway at some Bay Area colleges and universities. And because of cost, convenience and the job market, some are looking at record enrollment numbers.

“We are expecting to see over 15,000 students enrolled in summer sessions this year,” said Richard Russo, UC Berkeley’s Summer Sessions Director. “That would be the largest summer sessions we’ve ever had.”

He said some of the factors include more students taking courses they couldn’t get into during the school year, an increase in the number of incoming freshmen starting before the fall (which has tripled in recent years), the rise of online courses, and the cost.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“The tuition goes up in the fall so this is the last chance to get courses at the pricing for the last fiscal year,” Russo said.

All UC students pay the resident fee for the summer, which is not the case for California State University, which started self-supported summer programs last year because of budget cuts.

“For California residents, you would pay more than you normally do during the regular school year,” said San Jose State University spokesperson Pat Lopes Harris.

While San Jose State has seen a slight increase in summer enrollment over the last few years, CSU officials said they are expecting numbers to drop this summer session.

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