New Jersey's public colleges and universities might be forced to keep tuition increases in check.
Gov. Chris Christie has proposed a 4 percent cap. Schools that exceed it would lose more state aid.
Tuition and fees at the state's four-year schools average about $11,000, one of the highest public rates in the nation.
Unionized employees at the schools deferred a 3.5 percent increase last year when former Gov. Jon Corzine reopened their contracts.
College and university officials are considering cuts to staff and programs to offset a $173 million cut to higher education in Christie's proposed budget.