Statement from Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León on the UC Regents Meeting Regarding Tuition Increases

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today, the University of California Board of Regents Committees on Long-Term Range Planning and Finance Committees will consider President Janet Napolitano’s Stability Plan to increase student tuition over the next three years.

Since 2004, UC’s tuition has more than doubled. This is a trend that cannot continue.

Preparing the next generation of our work force depends on the affordability and access our students have to the state’s higher education system. This is paramount to California’s economic vitality and increasing tuition for California students at any level jeopardizes our economy’s future. 

Every kid deserves a fair shot at attending college and this plan simply does not make this possible. I was the first member of my family to graduate high school and college, and I would not be leader of the State Senate today if I was not able to afford a higher education. As President pro Tem, I call on the UC Regents to work with the Legislature and the Governor on alternatives that will not place the burden of the UC’s fiscal health solely on the shoulders of California students.

Prior to President Napolitano’s proposal, the Senate was already developing policies that will increase college access, affordability, and completion rates, and we look forward to working with all parties to strengthen our state’s university system. But for now the Regents should reject this fee increase.