The University of California regents on Thursday approved a small reduction in tuition for the 2018-19 school year — the first cut in nearly two decades.
The $60 decrease lowers base tuition and fees to $12,570 annually.
The action came after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature increased the university system’s funding by nearly $347 million.
California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, who was instrumental in the securing the funding, praised the regents’ decision.
“This is precisely the outcome that my colleagues and I in the Senate sought when we fought successfully for increased funding for the UC in the 2018-19 state budget,” Atkins said in a statement. “I thank UC leaders for this pro-student, pro-family, pro-California decision.”
Total funding for for next school year comes to $8.7-billion and will support 2,000 more undergraduates and 500 more graduate students in the fall.
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