UC Students Protest Possible Tuition Hike, Shut Down Regents’ Meeting

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Students walk across the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In a brief but rowdy standoff, University of California students furious about a possible tuition hike momentarily shut down the regents’ meeting Thursday and were ordered by police to leave or face arrest.

More than 80 students waved signs, stood up and chanted, interrupting regents as they tried to discuss UC’s financial-aid and tuition levels. UC officials are considering the first tuition increase in six years —  2.5%, or about $280 next year — to help enroll more students, graduate them more quickly, expand classrooms and campus housing, and retrofit aged buildings.

Nathan Brostrom, UC chief financial officer, said financial aid would cover any increase for three-fourths of the 10-campus system’s 252,000 students. He also said a small increase for those with family incomes of more than $150,000 a year would help low-income students, because one-third of tuition revenue is funneled directly into financial aid.

“I think that’s a fair and reasonable deal,” he said.

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