SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — At her first University of California Board of Regents meeting as UC president, Janet Napolitano on Wednesday proposed a tuition freeze and announced several new initiatives, including one aimed at making the 10-campus system a model of energy efficiency.
Kicking off the second day of this week’s UC Regents meeting at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, the former Homeland Security secretary highlighted the need to make the university more affordable.
She said the university should pursue a new tuition policy to keep students’ costs down and make a UC education more accessible to a wider range of students.
Napolitano proposed a tuition freeze during the 2014-15 academic year in order to cap student fees while the university works to create the new policy.
If approved, it would be the third consecutive year of tuition freezes, university officials said.
“I want tuition to be as low as possible and I want it to be as predictable as possible,” she said.
While she noted that half of UC students are able to fully cover tuition costs with financial aid, and another 20 percent get at least some financial aid, Napolitano said a new tuition policy would protect against unpredictable spikes in student fees like those experienced by many UC students in the wake of the Great Recession.