This year, tuition at U-C schools jumped 32 percent. Next fall, it will increase another 8 percent. The smaller amount raises tuition by 800 dollars a year. U-C's Lynn Tierney says the university system relies on state funding, which has been drastically cut over the last few years.
"Last year we had furloughs. In the last couple of years we've laid off over 3000 people, we've cut back the office of the president. We've cut it almost in half."
Tierney says the tuition increase won't affect more than half of U-C students, since they have scholarships. But Claudia Magana, President of the U-C Student Association and a third year student at U-C Santa Cruz says the continuing tuition increases are a burden on students.
"We know that the state is in a really difficult situation but I think what would have been great would be to pull the fee proposal from the budget until we know what the state has to offer instead of selling us so short so early."
Hundreds of students protested outside the Board of Regents meeting earlier this week, and more than a dozen were arrested.