Plans by the University of California to raise tuition have been met with resistance by many state lawmakers. And now Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll present a plan at the UC Board of Regents meeting tomorrow to avoid an increase.
Atkins says a tuition increase goes against the goal of making college more affordable for California students. But she acknowledges the university needs more money. So she’s trying to strike a balance.
"I will be proposing a plan that rejects the fee increases for in-state UC students and provides UC with additional state funding," she says.
Atkins’ plan would allocate an additional $50 million to UC. It would also allow modest fee increases for of out-of-state students and cap the number of them who can be accepted into the system. Atkins says UC would also have to operate more efficiently.
The university is proposing a 5 percent annual tuition increase for five years.