Cal State leader shelves proposed tuition hike: ‘It’s the right thing to do, but it’s not without risk’

Cal State, the nation’s largest public university system, will no longer consider a plan to raise tuition for the 2018-19 academic year, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Friday.

The decision is a bet that Sacramento will come through in the end. If Cal State loses that bet, it could mean cuts to campus programs.

White said in an interview that California’s economy is strong enough that families should not be shouldering the burden of higher college costs.

“There are by and large taxes that we pay: income tax, sales tax and all that stuff. It’s the public’s money, and we’re the state university,” he said.

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