UC students protest plan to hike education costs by 8 percent

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File photo: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) students and supporters protest as the UC Board of Regents votes to approve a 32 percent tuition hike next year on November 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

At the University of California San Francisco campus Wednesday, students confronted police during protests over a proposal to hike tuition and fees by 8 percent. Police arrested 16 demonstrators who tried to cross a police barricade at the building in which the UC Regents are meeting.

The students oppose a plan to hike tuition and fees by 8 percent in the next academic year. Students say the proposal would drive their annual education costs to an estimated $11,124 a year, and force some of them to drop out or accumulate more debt.  

UC President Mark Yudof said he proposed the increase to compensate for a drop in state funding for the 10-campus system.

Yudof said the university would help to ease the cost increase with one-time grants for undergraduate students whose families earn less than $120,000 a year.    

The UC Regents vote on the tuition and fee hike proposal on Thursday.

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