Gov. Brown’s budget freezes UC tuition for 2 years

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SAN DIEGO — Tuition at UC San Diego and other University of California campuses across the state would remain steady through the 2016-17 academic year under proposed budget revisions released Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The UC Board of Regents last year approved tuition hikes of 5 percent a year for the next five years, but that would be put on hold under the governor’s latest budget proposal.

According to the University of California, if the budget revisions are approved by the state Legislature, UC’s base tuition would remain at $12,192 through 2016-17, meaning six years without a tuition hike.

Beginning in 2017-18, the rate would rise “at least by the rate of inflation,” according to the UC.

Janet Napolitano, president of the UC system, said she and the governor “were both focused on the future of California as we worked toward this agreement, which will enable the University of California to continue its role as the nation’s preeminent public research university.”

“Now the University of California will turn to our state legislators for their much-needed support of the proposed budget and for funding to enroll more California students, she said.

The UC Board of Regents is expected to discuss the budget revision at its May 21 meeting at UC San Francisco.

According to the UC and the governor’s office, the budget revision will provide the university with a one-time infusion of $436 million over three years to help pay down the university’s unfunded pension liability. It also provides $50 million for deferred maintenance and energy-efficiency projects.

“Another recession is on the way — we just don’t know when,” Brown said in releasing his budget revision. “That’s why this budget locks billions into the Rainy Day Fund and pays down debt. At the same time, this budget spends more than ever on schools and creates a new tax credit to help California’s working poor.”

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