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Additional Tuition Hike Planned for U.C. System

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:12am

University of California students are bracing for a second tuition increase this fall. Thursday’s nearly 10 percent hike would offset additional cuts in state funding to the U-C system. The vote comes in the same week California State University trustees approved a 12 percent tuition bump.

The University of California’s Board of Regents is expected to approve a 9.6 percent increase in tuition for the coming school year. That’s in addition to an 8 percent fee hike already scheduled to take effect this fall.

Combined the increases will cost UC students $1,900 dollars more than last year, and bring undergraduate tuition to just over 12-thousand dollars a year. That price tag doesn’t include room, board and campus fees.

UC Vice President Patrick Lenz proposed the increase to offset an extra $150 million dollar cut in state funding lawmakers enacted in June when a plan to extend taxes failed to muster any Republican votes.

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