No tuition hikes — UC and CSU systems deliver welcome news to students

Source: San Francisco Chronicle by Nanette Asimov

Now there appears to be a growing enthusiasm among state lawmakers for allocating more money to the universities as the Legislature hashes out the state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year beginning July 1.

“I am happy with their decision,” Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, said Thursday of the universities’ announcements. Medina, who chairs the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, said he hopes lawmakers will not simply buy out the tuition increases, but “fully fund” the UC and CSU.

For UC, that would be $140 million above Brown’s proposal in January, and $171 million more for CSU, according to a letter sent by Medina last month to state budget leaders and signed by 30 lawmakers.