Rhode Island's council for higher education has voted against tuition increases at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.
In a letter, Governor Gina Raimondo had urged the council to keep tuition at current levels to make college more accessible to students.
"We must make it a priority to ensure that students who work hard, and want to pursue higher education, aren't prevented from doing so by high costs," Raimondo wrote.
State higher education officials say they are hoping for an increase in state funding for 2017 to balance the budget without hiking student fees or tuition.
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