UC Tuition Hike Postponed – for Now


SACRAMENTO (CN) – A proposed 5 percent tuition increase for the University of California has been put on hold as UC regents negotiate with Gov. Jerry Brown over the 2015 budget.
     UC President Janet Napolitano announced the postponement of tuition hikes Wednesday in Los Angeles.
     The increase, scheduled to affect UC students this summer, will be postponed as Napolitano and Brown negotiate the University System’s final budget.
     “Because these discussions are still ongoing, and because the Legislature is still at work putting together the state budget, I am announcing here today that UC will not implement a previously approved tuition increase of up to 5 percent for the summer quarter,” Napolitano said. “We are doing this as a good-faith gesture, optimistic that the ongoing negotiations will bear fruit.”
     Napolitano and the UC Regents have asked for $220 million to improve aging facilities and cover other increased costs.
     Brown offered $120 million in his January budget proposal and said the money is dependent on Napolitano freezing tuition hikes.
     Shortly after Brown’s proposal, he and Napolitano announced they would become a two-person committee to look at ways to trim operating costs, including offering more online classes.
     “We’re going to look at the disciplinary structure and the whole gamut to find compromise,” Brown said during his budget speech. “Savings can be had.”
     Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins presented the opening remarks to the UC budget hearing and said she’s pleased with the tuition freeze.
     “With the Assembly beginning our top-to-bottom review of UC’s budget today, I am sure we will be able to identify savings, as well as increased state funding, that will help ensure UC remains a world-class treasure,” Atkins said in a statement.
     UC undergrads pay $12,192 for tuition during the current 2014-2015 school year. Brown and Napolitano’s committee is expected to announce its findings and solutions in March.

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