The 32% hike in student fees in the UC system is expected to drive many UC qualified students to their local community college, where the costs are much lower.
With record enrollments and reduced state funding, an influx of UC qualified students makes the challenge facing community colleges even more difficult.
Karen Walters Dunlap, the Vice President for Instruction at Modesto Junior College, says the school is doing everything possible to make ends meet.
"We can’t hire new faculty. We can’t offer new courses, so we’re being more creative in looking for alternative funding sources, getting grants, working with our community partners."
Given the state is facing another multi-billion dollar budget deficit, all public colleges and universities could be in line for more cuts in funding.