A couple of weeks back the University of California made a controversial announcement saying that it’s planning to raise the tuition fees by 5%, over a period of 5 years. The UC officials said that they will go ahead with the proposal if the state of California will not increase the budget support of US universities.
The tuition hike has gathered opponents on the UC campuses to protest against the tuition hike. A committee made of nine members of the UC Board of Regents will vote whether to approve the annual tuition increase by 5% over the next four years, between 2015 and 2019. The UC said they will go ahead with the proposal if the California state will not give the university system more money.
The tuition rates at 10 Universities of California have been frozen for about three years. According to the Janet Napolitano, the UC President, the fee the students have to pay for a UC education will go up to $12,804 in the next fall and will reach $15,564 in the fall of 2019.
Many students are against the tuition hike proposal and went out to protest on several campuses on Tuesday. The UC Student Association will organize students to protest on Wednesday as well.
Kevin Sabo, the chairman for the association board at UC Berkeley said he is not optimistic about the tuition hike proposal and he doesn’t think that the Board of Regents will vote against it. Sabo also said that if the proposal will go ahead, the student leaders are ready to lobby the California governor and the California Legislature so that the Universities receive the additional funding.
One of the regents, George Kieffer said of the tuition hike that:
“We don’t want to raise tuition, but we need as trustees, for the welfare of the university now and in the future, to tell the policy makers and the public what is required to keep this university great. “ Kieffer supports the proposed tuition hike.
One of the UC Student Association said that:
“It certainly is the clash of the titans, and students are being caught in between these two very larger than life individuals and trying not to get crushed between them.”
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