After Years of Tuition Battles, UC and Student Leaders Find Common Ground

The tuition decrease that University of California regents approved Thursday amounts to only $60 per year — about the cost of a single used textbook.

But what may be more significant about the cost rollback at California’s top public university is the way student leaders found out: on a conference call with university budget staff.

“They got on the line and were like, ‘We think we can roll back tuition and here’s why,’ ” said Caroline Siegel Singh, vice president of external affairs for UC San Diego’s student association.

The call was part of an increasingly collaborative relationship between UC officials and elected student leadership since the two groups lobbied arm in arm this spring for more funding for cash-strapped campuses.

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