California budget deal could prevent tuition hikes
Top Democratic lawmakers have reached a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown that could avoid tuition increases for California college students this year, according to sources briefed on negotiations.
If the University of California and California State University systems agree to not raise tuition for the 2012-13 academic year, the state will offer them an additional $125 million each in the the following year, the sources said.
The deal, which is contingent on voters approving tax increases at the ballot box in November, is part of the budget plan that is expected to be finalized this week in the Capitol. It could also provide some much-welcomed relief for students, who have faced continuous tuition increases in recent years as the state cut college funding.
Thousands of students marched on the Capitol earlier this year to demonstrate against the rising cost of higher education.