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U.C. officials put tuition hike on hold

October 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
University of California officials are shelving a proposal to charge some students more tuition than others. A controversial plan to charge undergraduate engineering and business majors $900 more a year was on the agenda for the November regents meeting, but U.C. Spokesman Ricardo Vazquez says talks have been postponed for further study on the issue.

Faculty leaders had expressed concerns that the surcharge would drive students away from engineering and business majors.

The U.C. system charges a variety of fees for different graduate programs, but, traditionally, it has charged the same fees for all undergraduate students.

The engineering and business majors were chosen because faculty in those departments often receive higher salaries and graduates usually land better-paying jobs.

The regents are still voting on a proposal to raise fees for all undergraduate students by $2,514 by next fall. If approved, undergraduates would pay $10,300 in tuition, not including room, board, and other activities.


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