UC tables upcoming tuition hike talks, presses for state funding instead

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UC President Janet Napolitano announced Thursday that the UC will not take up the issue of an in-state tuition hike at the UC Board of Regents meeting in May — instead, the UC will continue to advocate for “full state funding of the university.”

The university aims to secure $140 million in additional state funding on top of the 3 percent base budget increase from the governor’s January budget, according to a press release from the UC Office of the President.

The press release also said the university may consider a “modest” tuition increase for the upcoming academic year, pending the outcome of state budget negotiations in Sacramento.

The Regents passed a 3.5 percent increase on out-of-state tuition in March.

“Raising tuition is always a last resort and one we take very seriously,” Napolitano said in a press release. “We will continue to advocate with our students, who are doing a tremendous job of educating legislators about the necessity of adequately funding the university to ensure UC remains a world-class institution and engine of economic growth for our state.”

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