Wednesday , June 19 2024

UC Regents Approve Recommendation to Approve 5% Tuition Hike

Students at UC schools may soon be paying more for their tuitions. On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the UC Board of Regents agreed in San Francisco to recommend increasing tuition by five-percent every year for the next five years.

Protests at many UC campuses have been taking place since Tuesday, including at UC Merced.

Psychology and sociology major Karina Rodriguez said on Wednesday, “I am the seventh out of eight children, and I do not get financial aid.”

Rodriguez said she is not alone in the struggle to pay for college.

“A lot of my friends work multiple jobs to be able to pay for their finances,” said Rodriguez.

She and more than 100 of her peers stood out in front of Kolligian Library on UC Merced’s campus on Tuesday to let the UC Regents know that their pockets can’t take anymore.

“We had a very strong group of students that felt very passionate about the five-percent increase, and they were very moved to get their voices heard. And, I feel like we were very successful at that,” said Rodriguez.

UC Merced spokesperson said it’s good for students to be vocal, however, only about 10-percent of their student body will actually be affected by the planned hike.

said, “Seventy-percent of our students would not be impacted by the raise because they’re covered by financial aid and grants.”

Senior Lao Yang believes raising tuition will put a larger gap between dreams of many students going to college, and reality.

He said, “It’ll just deter people from getting the higher education that they need to.”

UC President Janet Napolitano has said the system has to raise tuition because of a shortage of funding from the state.

Rodriguez responded, “I think this is wrong.”

Steve Montiel, the media relations director for the UC Office of the President said the subcommittee’s decision was made by a 7-2 vote. The only “no” votes came from Governor Jerry brown and Sadia Saeffudin, the student regent.

The full board is expected to vote on the plan on Thursday.

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