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UC Tuition May Rise 20 Percent If Brown Tax Measure Fails

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Students walk to class at UC Berkeley (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — University of California students will likely face a steep midyear tuition increase if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

UC administrators said the 10-campus system would need to consider raising tuition by as much as 20 percent in January if the November ballot measure fails. Under that scenario, tuition would rise by $2,472 to $14,664.

University officials discussed that possibility in documents posted online ahead of next week’s Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco.

The regents are expected to vote on a measure to endorse the governor’s tax initiative and freeze tuition at 2011-2012 levels.

But school officials said if the measure doesn’t pass, UC funding would be cut by $250 million and the university would need to consider a sharp tuition hike to offset that funding loss.

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