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UC committee votes to freeze fall tuition; endorses Gov's tax initiative

July 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The finance committee of the University of California Board of Regents voted to freeze undergraduate tuition for the upcoming fall semester. The committee also voted to endorse Governor Jerry Brown's tax initiative that will appear on the November ballot.

Brown's initiative seeks to contribute $125 million in funding for the UC system through a tax increase.

UC officials warned that students could face a steep tuition hike midyear if the ballot initiative is not approved by voters. In that case, the UC system would face a budget cut of $250 million midyear. That would likely prompt a tuition increase in January, probably a large one.

The resolution was approved Wednesday at a meeting of the finance committee. The meeting was disrupted for a short time by protesters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.