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Napolitano: No UC Tuition Increase - For Summer, Anyway

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The University of California says it will not raise tuition for the upcoming summer session.

UC Regents gave President Janet Napolitano the green light to raise tuition five percent for the 2015-16 academic year, unless Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers agreed to increase state funding.

But Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler says Napolitano announced Wednesday that she’s now backing down on the tuition increase – at least for this summer.

The move appears to be a bit of an olive branch. Napolitano’s tuition proposal last fall angered the governor and state lawmakers. But at a speech in Los Angeles Wednesday, Napolitano called her summer tuition announcement a “good-faith gesture” and said she’s optimistic that her one-on-one negotiations with Governor Brown will “bear fruit.”

Brown is asking the UC to use its existing money more efficiently.