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Budget News: Holding the Line on Tuition Increases

Governor Vows to Hold the Line on Tuition Hikes

It’s too early to tell exactly how this will impact SJSU but “the funding proposed…is a critical investment in the future of California,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal calls for more state government spending on the CSU each year through 2016-2017. Brown also calls for a four-year tuition freeze (view current SJSU tuition and fees).

The governor’s “May Revision” (an updated version of the 2013-2014 state budget presented back in January) proposes $125 million more in funding for the California State University system compared to last year plus the reinstatement of $125 million in cuts.

It’s too early to tell exactly how this will impact SJSU but “the funding proposed for public higher education…is a critical investment in the future of California,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

The proposal also states that the governor will work with the UCs, CSUs, community colleges and legislature on a framework that would link state spending to performance, such as improving graduation rates.

Overall, the proposed budget would bring CSU state funding to $2.3 billion, approximately the same as 1999-2000, although the system now serves 75,000 more students.

Next up, the CSU Board of Trustees meeting will meet May 21 and 22 to discuss the revised budget proposal. Meanwhile, the state legislature will take up the overall state package, with the expectation it will pass in June. The fiscal year begins July 1. View the SJSU Budget Central website.