Tuition Fees: Newsom statement ahead of University of California vote


SAN FRANCISCO - California Lt. Governor and U.C. Regent Gavin Newsom issued the following statement ahead of Wednesday's vote by the University of California's Board of Regents to increase tuition fees:

"I oppose this tuition hike. The costs of attending public universities are unaffordable, putting degrees beyond the reach of middle-income families at a time when California needs more graduates to meet workforce needs.

"And I share the frustration of students and families who don't understand why another tuition increase is even up for consideration. For the U.C. to vote on tuition fees before Sacramento begins budget discussions is strategically short-sighted and once again, gives Sacramento a good reason to avoid addressing the state's chronic under-funding of public higher education."