With state voters approving Gov. Brown’s tax measure to help education, leaders of the University of California system pledged Wednesday to stand by their past promises not to raise tuition for the current school year.
“There’s no doubt about that,” UC system spokesman Steve Montiel said when asked whether those pledges would be maintained.
UC leaders had warned that a midyear tuition hike of 20% — or about $2,400 for undergraduates — was likely if Proposition 30 had failed. Now any such potential tuition increase is off the table when the UC regents meet next week in San Francisco.
As part of the budget deal with Brown, UC did not raise undergraduate fees in the fall either, giving students a rare breather after years of hefty cost increases.
“I am thrilled that California voters have passed Proposition 30. This victory will certainly help us in our battle to restore fiscal stability to the University of California,” Sherry Lansing, chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents and a strong proponent of the ballot measure, said in a statement Wednesday. “I am deeply grateful to all who advocated for Proposition 30, especially the students who worked so incredibly hard to get out the vote, and the many faculty members and alumni who argued so eloquently for its passage.”
UC President Mark G. Yudof, who also had endorsed the proposition, said its success could put higher education on a pathway back to fiscal stability.
“This is an opportunity of great importance, not only to the University of California and other higher education segments, but also to the state as a whole, and we cannot afford to let it slip away,” Yudof said in a statement.
But the regents are already looking at the budget for the 2013-14 school year and are scheduled to vote next week on a proposal that would raise fees for graduate and professional school students in a variety of programs such as nursing, business, social work, dentistry, medicine and architecture.
Depending on the campuses and the programs, more than 50 degrees could be increased in ranges between 1.2% and 35%. Most would be no more than 7%, according to the plan.
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times