Budget-pressed University of California administrators confirmed Saturday that they will seek a nearly 10% tuition hike on top of an 8% increase already scheduled to take effect this fall.
Should UC regents approve the proposal, undergraduate tuition for California residents would rise to more than $12,200, not including room, board and other campus-based fees. That's an increase of about $1,920 over this year's tuition.
The requested 9.6% tuition increase is intended to make up for the $150-million funding reduction outlined in a state budget passed last week. The previous 8% tuition increase, along with a package of other spending cuts and austerity measures, was aimed at addressing a previously announced $500-million cut in state support for the UC system, according to Patrick Lenz, UC's vice president for budget and capital resources.
The Times reported last week that a tuition hike of this size was imminent, and that the Cal State system was also likely to approve a tuition increase of between 10% and 15%. The UC regents are to consider the 9.6% tuition hike proposal and other possible budget-related actions when they meet July 12-14 in San Francisco. The Cal State trustees will meet July 12 in Long Beach.