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California State University Campuses to Begin Accepting Applications for Spring 2011

Student Enrollment Contingent Upon Restoration of State Funding

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(July 29, 2010) – The California State University announced today that beginning August 1, all campuses will begin accepting applications for admission to the 2011 spring term. However, the enrollment of new students for that term is contingent upon the passing of the state budget and the restoration of funding to the CSU.

"Despite the uncertainty regarding state support for the 2010-2011 academic year, we will move forward with the application process for spring 2011," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The passing of the budget in a timely manner and the restoration of funding proposed by the governor will allow us to serve those students and provide immediate access for students already in the admissions pipeline."

The initial application period for spring 2011 begins on August 1 and runs through August 31. By receiving applications, campuses can begin the eligibility review process and admit qualified students if a restored state budget is passed soon, or alternatively, hold applications pending final passage of a late budget. The governor's proposed budget includes the restoration of $305 million, as well as an additional $60.6 million that would fund further enrollment expansion.

There will be campuses and programs that may not be able to enroll new students for the spring, and applicants are encouraged to visit the CSUMentor website (http://www.csumentor.edu/) and campus websites for additional information.

Typically, the CSU enrolls more than 35,000 new students during the spring. Last year, as part of an overall strategy to address a $625 million cut in state funding, the CSU closed spring 2010 admissions system-wide. The governor's proposed budget, with timely approval by the legislature, would allow CSU campuses to reverse course and to provide access in the 2010-2011 academic year to an estimated 29,000 additional students.

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