The cost of a degree at California’s public universities has more than tripled over the last decade – and more increases are in sight. Earlier this year, California State University prompted statewide student outcry when it announced a 9.1% tuition increase for fall. University of California regents have been contemplating a 6% jump. Now state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown have announced a bold crackdown.
Under their proposed plan, if the universities hike their rates, they risk being denied $125 million in state funds. The plan, which is under legislative review, would force them to freeze tuition in hopes of getting the money next year – if voters approve Brown’s proposed budget, which includes tax increases, in November. California’s state universities are already poised to take a $500 million hit if that budget is voted down.
Is the governor going too far in trying to check rising college costs? Is it even feasible to force a tuition freeze? If Brown’s budget isn’t approved, how will California universities survive?
Claudia Keith, assistant vice chancellor for public affairs, California State University
HD Palmer, Deputy Director of External Affairs, California Department of Finance
Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Matt Haney, Executive Director, University of California Student Association