College tuition in California to rise by 32 percent
By Brittany Falkers
The University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise undergraduate fees on Thursday, the New York Times said.
The equivalent of tuition is to rise 32 percent by next fall, to help make up for steep cuts in state funding, according to the New York Times.
The state allocation for the university system was cut $813 million, or 20 percent, this year, leading to a halt in hiring, furloughs and layoffs, according to the New York Times.
Students have protested both the budget cuts and the proposal for higher fees, which would bring in-state tuition to more than $10,000 a year, the New York Times said.
A second day of protest roiled the UCLA campus today as the UC regents prepared to approve the increase in student fees, according to the LA Times.
Mark Yudorf, president of the system, told the New York Times that UCLA now recived hold half the support from the state as it did in 1990. The system still needs a $913 million increase in state financing next year to avoid further cuts. If it is not provided, next year's freshman enrollment will most likely be cut.
"When it comes to the university's core support, we have only two main sources - taxpayer dollars from the state and students fees." Yudorf told the New York Times.
The full Board of Regents is expected to approve a fee hike of $2,500, or 32 percent, in two steps by next fall. The total student fees increase would be about triple the UC cost a decade ago. Room, board, and books can add another $16,000, according to the LA Times.