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Hepner HallLONG BEACH, Calif. — California State University will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall term — from about 20,000 to 10,000 students — after state funding fell short of expectations.

The more pessimistic assessment was presented Tuesday to the Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting in Long Beach.

The 23-campus university system had been lobbying for a funding increase of about $237.6 million –instead of the $142.2 million proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown — based on projections of higher than estimated state revenue.

The California Senate and Assembly had proposed an additional $95 million to $100 million for the system, which would have supported an additional 20,000 students, 500 more faculty, essential building repairs and other services.

But it wasn’t to be. The state’s final budget agreement assumes a lower level of revenue and puts the system’s funding increase back where it started, at Brown’s $142.2 million — the same as committed to the University of California.

The university received about 761,000 applications for the fall 2014 term, an increase of 14,000, representing about 2%.

The revised budget will accommodate about 9,900 additional students, meaning about 10,000 qualified students would be turned away.