WESTWOOD—Before Wednesday’s meeting of the University of California Board of Regents to discuss potential tuition hikes, groups of students, led by UCLA law students, took to campus malls to protest.
The proposed increase would raise tuition by five percent over the next five years, requiring students to pay more than $15,000 by 2019. Depending upon state funding of the UC system, the increase could potentially be less than five percent.
UC officials have argued the increase will attract more in-state students, and is necessary to counterbalance higher pensions and salary costs.
Protestors wore signs with messages like, “Fund our future, not your paycheck.”
The protests at UCLA were one of several across UC campuses in advance of today’s Regents meeting at UC San Francisco, where protestors reportedly tousled with police in an attempt to block the Regents from beginning the meeting. A group of students went as far as shattering a locked glass door.
One person was detained by authorities during the incident. The board of UC Regents will take up the proposal again on Thursday.