University of California Board of Regents postpones vote on proposed tuition increase until May

File - In this Jan. 25, 2107, file photo, University of California employees, who are also members of the Teamsters Local 210, shout in protest against cuts in their benefits and tuition hikes outside of a University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. The University of California’s governing board is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, on a plan to raise tuition for the second consecutive year after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget increase of 3 percent and urged university officials to “live within their means.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
File - In this Jan. 25, 2107, file photo, University of California employees, who are also members of the Teamsters Local 210, shout in protest against cuts in their benefits and tuition hikes outside of a University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. The University of California’s governing board is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, on a plan to raise tuition for the second consecutive year after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget increase of 3 percent and urged university officials to “live within their means.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/KRON) – The University of California Board of Regents has postponed the vote on a proposed tuition increase until May.

The decision Wednesday came after students and other critics had urged the governing board not to rush to vote this week.

UC President Janet Napolitano said after hearing students’ concerns, the governing body was “better advised to defer voting on this item until its May meeting.”

The regents were scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal to raise tuition at the UC’s 10 campuses for the second consecutive year.

The proposal was to raise in-state tuition and fees by $342, or 2.7 percent, for the next academic year, putting the cost of tuition and fees for California residents at nearly $13,000.

Many students urged the regents to reject the proposal or at least delay their vote to allow more time to lobby the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown for additional state funding.

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