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New CSU Classes, Increased Enrollment Dependent On State Legislature

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Proposition 30 and an improving economy will help keep Cal State University fees at their current levels – unless proposed funding falls through.

CSU trustees are keeping an eye on what Sacramento is doing with regards to its budget. The amount that will be doled out for CSU won’t be known until July, but money from the state is a key factor in deciding whether students might see another fee hike, KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports.

“Our ability to provide new admission slots to new students, our ability to provide courses, all depends on the state being a reliable partner,” said Robert Turnege, CSU’s assistant vice chancellor for budget.

If the budget that Governor Jerry Brown has proposed is approved by the state Legislature, CSU could bring back classes, increase enrollment and give teachers a raise.

Trustees and UC regents do have a master education mandate.

“One is access for students, the second is affordability for students, the third thing is high quality educational programs for them,” Turnege said.

But if the CSU gets hit with another budget deficit, then it’s back to square one — and a new law requires both the CSU and University of California regents agree on guidelines to consider for any possible student fee hike, its effect on needy students and possible alternatives, just in case.

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