SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California will not raise the contentious topic of tuition hikes at next month’s meeting of its governing board, as it continues to lobby for more state funding.

UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement Thursday that officials and students at the 10-campus system will push legislators for more funding until the final state budget is voted on in June.

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Given that timing, the UC Regents will not take up the issue, as planned, at the board’s May meeting.

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Napolitano said if state funding is not secured, the UC may subsequently consider “a modest tuition increase” for the 2018-19 academic year.

The university had proposed increasing in-state tuition and fees by $342, or 2.7 percent. California residents currently pay $12,630 in tuition and fees annually.

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