Hundreds of students at UC Berkeley walked out of class and marched in the rain Thursday, demanding that their tuition go down following the passage of Proposition 30.
Just as classes were getting underway for the fall semester, the University of California was looking to give students a more accurate financial forecast as they pursue higher education.
The tough economic times have already hit the UC system hard and now, there is an urgent need for funds to help seismically retrofit several campuses.
The rate of out-of-state students being offered admission jumped to more than 60 percent this year from about 51 percent in 2010 and 44 percent in 2009.
Directors of the East Side Union High School District voted 5-0 this week to adopt the UC and CSU systems’ entrance requirements. The idea behind the change in curriculum was to put more students on track for higher education.
UC President Mark Yudof said the tuition hike, along with proposed changes to employee retirement benefits, are needed to close a $1 billion budget shortfall caused by unprecedented cuts in state funding.
The University of California would raise undergraduate tuition by 8 percent but provide financial aid to more students next year under proposals announced Monday by school administrators.