Cal State To Maintain In-State Tuition, Chancellor Says

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College students from California who plan to enter or return to California State University received some good news late last week: there'll be no tuition hikes in the upcoming academic year.

Cal State Chancellor Timothy White, who made the announcement last Friday, says the tuition rate will remain the same as the current year for the 2018-2019 school year. According to the university's website, the academic year is scheduled to begin August 16. All of Cal State's 23 state-wide campuses will maintain their 2017-2018 tuition rates for in-state students.

The announcement comes just weeks before a May gathering of the university's trustees. At that meeting, trustees were scheduled to discuss a proposal which would raise the tuition for all CSU in-state students. That proposal has now been taken off the agenda, the Bay Area's NBC affiliate reports.

California State University is one of the country's largest university systems. The school had over 484,000 students enrolled during the Fall 2017 semester, according to data provided on the University's website.

Since there was no hike to in-state tuition, California undergraduates will maintain their $5,742 a year tuition fee based on the 2017-2018 academic year.

Earlier this year, White announced that the board of trustees was to consider an increase of $228 to student tuition at their May meeting. That hike was to take effect on in-state students during the next school year. That increase has now been reconsidered, sparring California students from the increase.

If the increase had passed, it would have been the second tuition hike on in-state CSU students since 2011.

Currently, Cal State is experiencing record-high numbers in student enrollment. California Gov. Jerry Brown allocated $3.8 billion for CSU for the 2018-2019 academic year. That's an increase of nearly $92.1 million, but still falls short of the University's requested $263 million increase, White told NBC. University officials say the money is needed to maintain the quality of education currently available at university system's 23 campuses.

California's legislature will vote on the governor's proposed budget in June. Meanwhile, White said, he'll continue to press for more funding from the state for the university system.

Out-of-state students may see an increase to their tuition in the next academic year. That decision was made March, when the university's governing board approved a 3.5 percent rate hike. That amounts to about $978 per out-of-state student per year, officials say. That increase is scheduled to take effect at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, unless the university system receives more funding from the state. If more funding is found, UC Regents said, they'll rescind the out-of-state student increase as well.

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