Victor Sanchez is president of the UC Student Association.
“Thousands of people will be congregating at UCLA to protest not only the 32% recommended fee increase but to stand up against the deterioration of access, affordability, diversity and quality here at UC.”
But UC spokeswoman Lynn Tierney says raising fees is the only option...given this year’s 20% cut in state funding.
“We’re asking students now, painful as it is, to invest in the future because we’re the way that you can power out of this economic recession through innovation and through research.”
The proposed tuition hike is on top of a 9% increase earlier this year. If approved, it would push the cost of attending a UC to just over $10,000 a year. Tierney says most low-income students will see an increase in financial aid and tax credits to cope with any higher fees.