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Applications Way Up At Cal State Schools

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The number of applicants to Cal State University schools leaped up by 5 percent this year, but state funding can only a handle a 1 percent increase in admissions.

"It’s my hope that lawmakers and the governor fully fund the CSU Trustees budget request, which would allow us to accommodate and better serve more of these deserving students," Cal State Long Beach spokeswoman Terri M. Carbaugh told CBS in a statement.

The record-setting number of applicants topped 830,000, reflecting the reality that a middle-class lifestyle in California requires a college degree. The whole system enrolled 460,000 students this year across its 23 campuses statewide.

CSU trustees say they'll need an additional $102 million to keep pace with the growing number of applicants.

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The Long Beach campus got the most applicants, topping 60,000 applications. However, the numbers of applicants to the Pomona and Northridge branches were both down.