California State University officials said Tuesday they would not increase tuition next fall, even though the governor's budget leaves them far short of the money needed to increase enrollment and pay for other critical operations.
Officials had requested $372 million for student programs, urgent maintenance, enrollment growth and other services for the 2013-14 academic year. The governor's proposal includes $125 million in additional funding — and that must still make it through budget negotiations with the Legislature.
The funding gap will make it hard to open campus doors very wide next year, despite record demand at many colleges, said Chancellor Timothy P. White.
"It's going to improve access but perhaps not by a lot of bodies," White said at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Long Beach. "The budget stops the hemorrhaging and gives us a chance to take breath."
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