University of California Imposes 32% Tuition Hike
Students demonstrate as regents vote at UCLA
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 5:04 PM CST
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(Newser) – Student protesters chanted “Shame on you! Shame on you!” on the UCLA campus today as the University of California board of regents approved a whopping 32% tuition hike. A year at a UC school—not including room and board—will now cost $10,300, three times the price in 1999. The moves comes as the university system struggles with draconian cuts in funding from the state's strapped government.

After the demonstrators learned of the decision, many told the LA Times they worried about having to drop out. “I’m on my own,” said one student. “I can’t ask my family. In this economy, no one is stable.” The state cut its funding for the 10-campus system by 20%, or $813 million, this year, notes the New York Times.