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UC Delays Vote On Raising Tuition Until May

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

In this Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, University of California employees, who are also members of the Teamsters Local 210, shout in protest against cuts in their benefits and tuition hikes.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

(AP) - The University of California Board of Regents has delayed a vote on a proposed tuition increase until May.

The decision Wednesday came after students and other critics had urged the governing board not to rush to vote this week.

UC President Janet Napolitano said after hearing students' concerns, the governing body was "better advised to defer voting on this item until its May meeting."

The regents were scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal to raise tuition at the UC's 10 campuses for the second consecutive year.

The proposal was to raise in-state tuition and fees by $342, or 2.7 percent, for the next academic year, putting the cost of tuition and fees for California residents at nearly $13,000.

Many students urged the regents to reject the proposal or at least delay their vote to allow more time to lobby the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown for additional state funding.

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