California lawmakers say they’ll try to give more money to the state’s universities in an effort to avoid tuition increases. A bill to do just that was unanimously approved by the Senate education committee Wednesday.
The bill states the Legislature’s intent to direct more money to the University of California and the California State University systems. The money would be used to eliminate a planned tuition increase at the UC.
It would also be used at both UC and CSU to provide additional course offerings and help students graduate in four years or less.
Governor Jerry Brown has resisted calls for more money for the universities. His 2013-2014 budget called for scheduled funding increases as long as the schools don’t increase tuition. Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano have formed a committee of two to see if they can reach a compromise on funding levels.