UC Regents Considering First Tuition Decrease in Nearly 20 Years

University of California students might pay less in tuition for the first time in almost 20 years.

On Thursday, UC regents are scheduled to vote on a $8.7-billion spending plan for the 2018-19 school year, which includes a $60 tuition decrease. By eliminating a surcharge added in 2007 to pay for lawsuit costs, the proposal would reduce base tuition and students services fees to $12,570 annually.

This follows months of student, faculty and regent lobbying for more state funding to avoid a 2.5 percent tuition hike. The state budget increases the UC system’s funding by $347 million, including $98.1 million in ongoing support and $248.8 million in a one-time contribution.

The temporary $60 surcharge removal isn’t a direct result of the student lobbying. Instead, the tuition decreased because the university paid off the costs of two class-action lawsuits. That money came from a surcharge assessed to most students.

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