By Yasmine Mahmoud and Carlos Mesquita
The California State University system declared that it is limiting enrollment for the spring 2013 semester March 20, potentially halting transfer for CSM students.
CSUs will only accept certain types of students for the spring semester of 2013, and which will be limited to eight out of 23 CSU campuses.
However, students who complete the Senate Bill 1440 Associates for Transfer degree will have priority to transfer into the spring semester.
“We will accommodate any transfer student who has an SB 1440 transfer degree to one of the eight campuses if you complete the transfer,” said Erik Fallis, Media Relations Manager for CSUs.
The eight campuses that will potentially accept transfer students are San Francisco State University, Cal State East Bay, Sonoma State University, CSU Channel Islands, Chico State University, Cal State Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles and CSU San Bernadino.
There has been a 35 percent, or about $1 billion cut to the CSU budget in the current academic year, according to Fallis.
Students who enroll in the CSU system for the spring semester usually total about 16,000.
“If we tried to serve every student with that budget, we would be serving students with less resources,” said Fallis.
Students who are unable to complete the SB 1440 transfer degree will have to look to other options for transfer into the spring 2013 semester.
“I will have to start looking for options out of state,” said student Eddy Top.
The CSM Transfer Center is advising students on how to plan for CSU enrollment changes.
In order to cope with the enrollment changes, students can spread out their schedules, max out on units or look to other schools such as Universities of California and private universities, said Mike Mitchell, CSM Transfer Center Program Services Coordinator.
SB 1440 is still being integrated at most California Community Colleges, and may not accommodate every major.
“I will be forced to private universities most of which I can’t afford being a working class individual,” said student Nick Vasquez.