"Hey, hey, ho, tuition hikes have got to go," demonstrators chanted at today's UC Board of Regents meeting, as the AP reports. The board voted to increase tuition 5 percent per year for the next five years unless the state sets aside more money for the 10 campuses in the system.
This hike follows a three-year tuition freeze and was proposed by UC President Janet Napolitano, and it approved by the Board of Regents 14-7. Tuition for in-state students will rise by $612 to $12,804 in the 2015-16 academic year, while for out-of-state students, it will go up by more than $1,700 to about $36,820.
In protest, students and community members entered Berkeley's Wheeler Hall following the first vote by a UC Regents committee to recommend the increases yesterday, as the Chron reported. There, about 100 demonstrators camped out overnight, and this morning CBS5 also captured the scene.
Napolitano has clashed with Governor Jerry Brown over tuition and funding, claiming that the governor's budget can't maintain the quality of the nation's largest public university system. That system had 156,000 undergraduate students a decade ago, but now has 190,000 students as of this year.
"The state is an inherently unreliable partner in higher education," Napolitano told the SF Business Times. Brown urged the Board of Regents to reject the tuition increases.
California's prices for in-state education exceed the national average of around $9,100 in tuition and fees (for public four-year colleges), says the NYT. Officials note that with financial aid to low- and middle-income students, greater than half of California residents pay no tuition whatsoever, which will remain the case even after these increases. Only students with annual family incomes exceeding $175,000 would pay the entire increase.