CSU Must Choose Tuition Hike Or Enrollment Cut

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

California State University is facing the bleak choice of either raising tuition or shrinking enrollment if voters reject tax increase measures on the November ballot and a $250 million funding cut goes into effect, officials said Monday.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage said the board of trustees will discuss two scenarios at its meeting Tuesday and adopt a plan in September in order to be prepared for the possibility of a loss in funds midway through the academic year.

"The easy choices are gone so the $250 million trigger cut poses a huge challenge," Turnage told reporters on a conference call. "We have reached a point where it's nothing but difficult trade-offs."

CSU is one of the nation's largest public university systems with 23 campuses that serve some 400,000 students. Since 2007-08, it has lost $1 billion, or 39 percent of its state funding.

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