UC President Seeking Another Tuition Hike

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— University of California President Mark Yudof is looking for approval on a 9.6 percent tuition increase to offset another $150 million in state education cuts.

Students will be paying another $1,000 in yearly tuition if regents follow Yudof’s lead and approve the tuition hike, when they meet the week of July 12.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

If approved, tuition will rise to more than $12,000 a year at the 10-campus system.

Former state regent and state legislator Bill Bagley calls the seventh tuition hike in as many years a “parent tax”.

“Any middle-class parent has to pay the full tuition. That is simply a way of the legislature, state government and the taxpayers of not allowing revenue to come in; taking the revenue from parents,” he said.

Bagley noted that something is “truly out of whack” when tuition was $100 a year at Cal when Gov. Brown attended decades ago, making it a 12-thousand percent hike. Whereas, according to Bagley, student housing—which is market dictated— has increased a thousand percent.

“Somebody put that on a graph. Please,” said Bagley with a hint of sarcasm.

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