A possible tuition freeze for both the UC and CSU systems is set to be voted on Tuesday when the California state legislature meets to pass the final state budget.
The UC Student Association posted on its Facebook page Sunday that state Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles — author of the recent California Middle Class Scholarship Act — had secured a tuition freeze for both the UC and CSU in the state budget with an additional $120 million in funds for both systems. If passed as part of the budget, tuition will not increase for students for the 2012-13 school year.
The decision to vote on the tuition freeze comes on the heels of the June 15 approval of a $92.1 billion state budget just before the legislature’s constitutional deadline that left the state with a $7 million dollar gap and conflicts over welfare cuts.
Charlie Eaton, financial secretary of UAW Local 2865, which represents nearly 12,000 graduate student instructors, readers and tutors teaching on UC campuses, said that though the tuition freeze will be included in the final state budget, the debt privatization for UC construction will not be included in Tuesday’s vote.
“I think this shows that student activism in the late year is making a huge difference we have changed the conversation about who should pay for higher education,the 1 percent or students whose tuition is way too high.” Eaton said. “We need to keep organizing to make sure this tuition freeze goes into effect and roll tuition back.”
UAW Local 2865 and other unions continue to call on students to rally before the budget vote to advocate against any possible tuition hikes for the California higher education system.
Members of the UC Board of Regents and UC student leaders have been lobbying the state capitol for the past few months to convince lawmakers to increase university funding by $125 million and induce a “tuition buy-out.” The board is still scheduled to vote on a proposed 6 percent fee increase at its meeting in July.
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