Despite travel restrictions, California still enrolled most foreign students in nation, led by USC and UC campuses.
The decision was announced at the beginning of the first hearing of a federal lawsuit filed by Harvard University and M.I.T.
The state of California and the University of California are both suing the federal government over the policy.
Problems with visas, money and travel may block international students’ return. Colleges fear the lost revenue will reduce academic programs and staffing.
Tuition for state residents will remain at $12,570. The now postponed plan would have hiked tuition for non-residents by $762 to $42,324. Criticism was surprisingly strong.