On Wednesday the UC regents will consider raising tuition and fees for in-state students by $342 to $12,972, a hike that would go into effect during the 2018-19 school year. The 2.7 percent increase would be the second consecutive tuition increase following a six-year freeze. Under the plan, out-of-state students would see tuition raised by $978 to a total of $28,992.
According to the LA Times, the increase would raise $137 million for the system, though because of UC’s financial aid policies, nearly half of the student body wouldn’t face any increase. The plan would further offer students receiving aid a small boost of $100 for expenses, but it shelves an earlier plan to increase funding for the system’s employee retirement fund.
After announcing his proposed state budget, which gave UC a 3 percent funding increase, Gov. Jerry Brown said he hoped the university would not raise tuition. A spokesperson for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told the LA Times via text message that Newsom opposes the hike because “it lets the Legislature off the hook of addressing the state’s underfunding of public higher ed.”
In other news, an undergraduate student detained by border control agents was released from custody but still faces deportation procedures. The student, who was brought to the US as a child, is set for a hearing on Wednesday. A piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education noted the work of Berkeley students and alumni to support the student.
On Saturday, Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message to the campus community concerning the possibility of large ICE raids in Northern California. The message contained a link explaining what UC is and is not able to do to serve the interests of undocumented students.
1/20 – UC regents to vote on increasing tuition and student fees by $342 (LATimes): Students have lobbied the regents to delay their vote to allow for a longer discussion on the matter.
1/18 – How 4 Activists at Berkeley Helped Get an Undocumented Student Out of Detainment (Chronicle): The article notes the inhumane conditions of the detention center where the student was held.
1/17 – ‘In my heart it is home’: UC-Berkeley student detained by Border Patrol (WaPo): The article discusses fear among other undocumented students at Berkeley.
1/17 – Calling on Congress to act, California university officials pledge to help students reapply for DACA (LATimes): UC President Janet Napolitano urged students to renew their DACA status following a court ruling on the Obama-era policy.