Bill to avert UC tuition increase clears Senate committee

Apr 8, 2015 12:36 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A proposal to prevent tuition increases at University of California campuses and to increase enrollment at all of the state's public universities has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The California Senate's education committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill stating the Legislature intends to direct more money to the UC and California State University systems as a way to forestall the 5 percent tuition increase the UC Board of Regents has approved for the 2015-16 school year, add more slots for students and increase course offerings so they can earn their degrees in four years.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Sen. Marty Block introduced SB15 in December in response to the Regents' decision to raise tuition. The bill would also expand California's college financial aid program.

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