UC Regents vote to raise tuition

Prospective University of California students may face increased financial hurdles in the coming years.

On Nov. 19, the UC Board of Regents voted 14-7 to increase tuition at all 10 campuses if the state fails to provide additional funding to the system, despite a three-year freeze on UC tuition rates.

Tuition may be raised by up to 5 percent for the next five years and could possibly go from $12,804 to as much as $15,564 by 2020, depending on whether the state provides more funding to the UC system.

Students protested the UC Regents meeting and the subsequent announcement of their decision. According to Senior Public Information Representative at UCSF Elizabeth Hernandez, about 300-400 protesters were at the Mission Bay campus on Wednesday, where the meeting was held. She added that student protests have occurred at UC Regents meetings in the past at UCSF, which is one of the campuses the meetings rotate through.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin were among those who voted against and publicly decried the tuition increase, with Gov. Brown saying that it defies his goal of making higher education more accessible to low-income students. UC officials have pointed out that most students receive scholarships and financial aid, with roughly 30% paying full tuition.

UC students system-wide protested the tuition raise, with UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz continuing protests over the weekend. On Monday, a walk out by hundreds of students throughout the system was staged. UC Berkeley students intend to continue protests following this week’s break.

“We plan to continue after Thansgiving,” UC Berkeley student Ajay Vishwanath, who has been occupying the campus’s Wheeler Hall with other students since Wednesday, said. “We’re trying to stress open university and an open space for dialogue.”