Tuition hikes postponed at state colleges in Solano, California

Tuition hikes postponed at state colleges in Solano, California

Long Beach : CA : USA | Nov 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM PST
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Students protesting the proposed tuition hike in June 2012

State college students in Solano County and elsewhere in California will not be paying more for their educations, at least not at the moment, after Gov. Jerry Brown convinced trustees to hold off on proposed tuition increases.

Brown made an unusual appearance at the California State University trustees meeting on Tuesday in Long Beach to urge members to reject the tuition hikes, which he called 'burdensome.'

He also was expected to make the same appeal to University of California trustees at their meeting Wednesday, according to The Reporter newspaper in Vacaville.

California Maritime Academy in Vallejo is part of the 23-campus state university system, which is separate from the 10-campus University of California system.

Solano Community College, which has campuses in Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville, also is a state school but is governed by a third board.

Brown said after the Tuesday meeting that trustees should not be raising tuition so soon after California voters agreed to raise income taxes on the wealthy and raise the sales tax to devote more money to education in the Nov. 6 election.

"This is no time to be raising fees of any kind," Brown said.

"Voters gave us billions in new revenue, now we have to use that very judiciously."

Cal State board of trustees chairman Robert Linscheid said the proposed tuition hikes were withdrawn after the governor's remarks, the newspaper said.

Brown also said that fee hikes were especially harmful to low-income students.

"The problem is we have an extremely stratified society," Brown said.

"I don't want to add burdens where we can avoid it."

The proposed tuition hikes were intended to make it more difficult for students to remain in school without graduating to make more room for incoming students.

Funding for the state university system has been cut by $800 million in the past four years, the newspaper said.

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