New York governor Andrew Cuomo has apparently reneged on his promise not to increase tuition at the state universities.

According to an article by Thomas Kaplan in the New York Times:

The governor said he would support a State University proposal to set a five-year schedule of tuition increases at all SUNY undergraduate campuses, and would allow the four research campuses — at Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook — to propose their own, higher undergraduate tuition increases, subject to legislative approval.

The State University of New York system is currently among the most affordable public university systems in America. Tuition is $4,970 a year at all the SUNY campuses.

Under the Cuomo-approved plan the state’s research universities would be free to chance higher tuition.

This seems odd since the distinguishing characteristics of these SUNY schools are their graduate programs. There’s nothing special about their undergraduate programs to justify that higher tuition.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer