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Cal State Won't Hike Tuition Amid Pandemic Hardships

The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. 8, 2018.
Alison St John
The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. 8, 2018.

The California State University says it won't increase tuition this year amid pandemic-related hardships and adequate funding from the state, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.

Chancellor Joseph Castro said at a meeting of the board of trustees that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal as well as CSU’s cost-cutting efforts led to the decision, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In addition, Castro said that he would not support a systemwide employee furlough program and officials will do “everything we can to avoid additional layoffs," the Times said.

Newsom’s budget proposal for next year includes $144.5 million in recurring funding for the CSU — nearly half of the $299 million that was cut last year.

The budget also includes $225 million in one-time funding for the CSU.

The Cal State system has about 485,000 students at 23 campuses.

The CSU announced in December that it planned to return to in-person instruction and activities in the fall 2021 term. Castro said Tuesday that it was still the plan — although he acknowledged that if public health circumstances change, the university would adjust.