Friday, November 19, 2010

U. of California Will Raise Tuition by 8 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO — With none of the protest that marred previous meetings, the University of California’s Board of Regents approved an 8 percent fee increase on Thursday, the second straight year that students have faced higher tuition.

The vote came a day after 13 people were arrested at the system’s San Francisco campus, as the police were forced to use pepper spray to disperse hundreds of students angry about the fee increase.

The university’s president, Mark G. Yudof, had cast the fee increase as necessary to maintain the system’s academic excellence after several years of declining financial support from the state. California has had chronic budget problems and is facing a projected $6 billion shortfall for the 2010-11 budget, which passed in October and included a small increase for the university.

“It’s worth what you pay to attend here,” Mr. Yudof said.

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