Tuition Fees to Jump If Gov.’s Tax Fails

University of California officials, while deciding to forego a fee increase in the fall, are saying tuition will increase by a whopping 20 percent if voters don’t pass the governor’s tax hike initiative in November. If Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax does not pass, the cost of attending UC for nearly 182,000 undergraduates will go up to $14,670 a year. Without the income from the tax measure, UC would not only lose that $125 million but would also see a further $250-million cut in state revenues, according to budget plans. Students at California State University would see their tuitions leap 5 percent to $6,120 a year. At California’s community colleges, fees already had been increased for the current summer session and next fall to $46 a unit, up from $36, under a previous state budget plan. The $46 charge will continue under the new budget. Some community colleges may further reduce class offerings in the fall as insurance against the tax measure’s defeat, avoiding a more drastic effect on spring semester classes. If the measure passes, colleges will be able to more easily increase their course offerings in the spring. The budget deal would provide $213 million in additional funds in 2012-13 for California’s 112 community colleges, including $50 million to increase enrollment.
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