University of California students plan to lobby state legislators Tuesday for more state funding in order to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year.
Students from UC campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego say they will speak out at an Assembly hearing Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento, demanding that state legislators reinvest in the 10-campus public research system. The state share of per-student funding has plummeted from $19,100 in 1990-91 to about $7,160 in 2016-17, according to UC data.
Meanwhile tuition and fees have more than tripled over the last 15 years, rising to $12,630 for California students in 2017-18 after the UC Board of Regents approved the first increase in seven years. Regents were set to vote on another increase in January, but pressure by students and some board members led them to put off a decision until May to allow more time to lobby for more state funds.