UC puts off vote on possible tuition hike

Source: The Mercury News by Emily Deruy

Recently, Assemblyman Jose Medina, speaking at a conference with several other lawmakers, said he wanted to “fully fund” UC to make sure all students, particularly the Latino young people who make up a growing portion of the state’s students, have access to higher education.

In the wake of student protests, the California State University system announced last Friday it will not increase tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

But UC faces a tough battle. After a blistering audit suggested the system had mismanaged its budget, Gov. Brown said UC should trim its spending rather than get more money beyond the three percent budget increase included in his January budget. UC President Janet Napolitano and others have countered that more students than ever are enrolling, placing heavier burdens on the system’s finances.