On April 4, thousands protested tuition hikes in Sacramento. (Hope Algeo | The Poly Post)

CSU tuition increase avoided for 2018-19 academic year

The California State University tuition will remain the same for the 2018-2019 academic school year according to a letter addressed to all CSU campuses by Chancellor Timothy White.

The CSU Board of Trustees discussed a possible tuition increase in January in response to the lack of funds allocated to the CSU system in the budget from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Chancellor White stressed the fact that there would be consequences if the state fell short of funding the CSU system.

“There will be serious adverse consequences if state funding falls short of meeting our university needs,” White said.

In the most recent Board of Trustees meeting they discussed other ways in which to avoid a tuition increase but came to no conclusion.

Since a potential increase appeared on the Trustees’ agenda, they received many complaints from not only students but faculty as well.

On April 4, thousands protested tuition hikes in Sacramento. (Hope Algeo | The Poly Post)

This led students and faculty to protest a possible tuition increase at the State Capitol on April 4.

It is uncertain to what extent the protest affected Chancellor White’s decision.

Chancellor White also stressed the importance of voicing one’s concerns over the underfunded budget to state lawmakers.

“I ask you to join with me as we sustain our advocacy efforts and close out the annual budget cycle in Sacramento strongly, ” White said.

Elections are fast approaching, and with Gov. Brown being termed out, the new governor will inherit this issue.

Chancellor White believes it to be in the “best interest” of the state to keep tuition the same, but it remains uncertain if the state feels the same way.

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