Dear Commons Community,
Various media including the Associated Press are reporting that University of California President Janet Napolitano is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.
Speaking at the University of Southern California, Napolitano said she was also hopeful the university system will be able to forestall any tuition increase for the next academic year.
Napolitano and Brown have been working in private to consider some of the proposals the governor believes will allow the university to serve more students without increasing tuition or receiving a significant budget hike.
The Board of Regents approved raising tuition to up to 5 percent each of the next five years at Napolitano’s urging in November unless the state gave the university more money.
Thank you for the clarification, Steve.
President Napolitano did not postpone tuition increases for one year — only for the summer. She remains hopeful that the state will provide enough funding to forestall a tuition increase of up to 5% for the 2015-16 academic year.
Here’s a link to the USC story about her speech, fyi:
Media Relations Director
UC Office of the President