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UC Tuition Increase Proposal Moves Forward

Ben Adler/CapRadio

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UPDATE 4:00 p.m. UC President Janet Napolitano’s tuition proposal passed over the objections of UC students outside the regents’ meeting – and Governor Jerry Brown inside.

“The only way you can add more students and the only way you can keep costs down is to change the structure in a more fundamental way than you’ve had an appetite for," said Brown. 

But Regent Sherry Lansing blamed the governor for not giving the university enough money.

 “We are not close to getting what we need. And if we don’t get what we need, we will not be able to continue the quality that we need and the accessibility. We are in danger of damaging this university," said Lansing.

Over five years, the proposal would raise the cost of in-state tuition by more than three-thousand dollars.

3:00 p.m. Hundreds of University of California students protested against tuition increases today  outside the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. They chanted “No justice, no peace – no tuition increase!”

A board committee approved UC President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to raise tuition 5 percent in each of the next five school years – unless the state increases UC funding.

Governor Jerry Brown and other elected officials who sit on the board objected. Brown said the UC must continue to reduce its costs.

“Your cost structure is very relevant here, because if it doesn’t change, your 25 percent increase in tuition will not solve the problem.” said Brown.

Regents supporting the increase argued the UC isn’t getting its fair share of money after voters approved Proposition 30’s tax increases in 2012.

The full Board of Regents votes on the tuition proposal tomorrow. It’s expected to pass.

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