The State University of New York has sought the authority from Albany to increase tuition in part to contend with a 30-percent reduction in state aid over the last three years.
But Cuomo on Tuesday announced his opposition to a tuition increase in his 2011-12 budget presentation.
The issue isn't dead. The Legislature could seek to increase tuition through negotiations, but the Assembly has made it clear it will work to keep the public universities affordable.
Cuomo also doesn't seek to reduce the state's Tuition Assistance Program, which provides needs-based grants to hundreds of thousands of public and private college students.