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UC regents drop tuition hike proposal for graduate programs

November 13, 2012 |  4:17 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown talks with the media following his attendance at the first meeting of the Cal State Board of Trustees since the passage of Prop 30. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

At the request of Gov. Jerry Brown, the UC regents are at least temporarily shelving a proposal to raise tuition next year for more than 50 graduate and professional degree programs in such areas as business, dentistry, law and social work.

Brown is scheduled to attend the UC regents meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday in a kind of victory lap after voters approved his Proposition 30 tax measure last week. Observers said that it would have been politically  embarrassing for the governor –- whose campaign for Proposition 30 promised no tuitions hikes this year -– to face student protests about tuitions hikes next year.

The governor attended the Cal State Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday after successfully urging that board to postpone action on proposed tuition increases on some students designed to free up classroom space and encourage graduation.

Immediately after the Prop. 30 victory, UC officials dropped consideration of a possible 20%, or $2,400, mid-year tuition hike for all students. But until Tuesday afternoon, the separate measure remained on the agenda for the 56 graduate and professional school fee hikes for next year.

According to a UC statement released Tuesday, the governor asked for “additional time to allow him to develop a better understanding of the policies and methodology” of the graduate and professional school charges.

Under the plan, the so-called professional degree supplemental tuition would have increased in the range from 1.2% to 35%, depending on the campus and department. Most would have been 7% or under.

Those supplemental fees can be hefty and are in addition to the basic $12,192 tuition. For example, the proposal called for the supplemental fee at  UCLA’s graduate business program to be $28,052, an increase of $1,626 and the total tuition for that program would have been $40,244 a year.

The graduate nursing program at UC Irvine would have gone up to $10,440 for its supplemental fee, a $2,700 increase, and the total tuition would have been $22,632 under the plan.

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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown talks with the media following his attendance at the first meeting of the Cal State Board of Trustees since the passage of Prop 30. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

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