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University of California Experiences Another Tuition Hike

Students of the University of California can expect to pay more in tuition for the upcoming semester. The Board of Regents voted 14-4 to approve a tuition increase of 9.6 percent last Thursday. That’s a spike of $1,068. The increase follows an 8 percent jump that was previously approved for the 2011-2012 school year.

“I hate that we have been forced by our state’s politicians to raise tuition, but I hate even more the possibility of letting UC slide into becoming a second-rate institution,” regent Bonnie Reiss said.

With the two recent hikes in tuition, students will pay $1,818 more than they did last year.  In-state tuition costs $12,192 a year, and averages $13,218 when other campus-related fees are configured.

Government officials cut funding by $650 million to both UC and Cal State University, and the school hopes that an increase in tuition will make up for some of the shortfall. Though, with a deficit of nearly $1 billion, the increase will only cover one quarter of the shortage.

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Maryland Senator Proposes In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

Maryland Senator Victor Ramirez

Newly elected Maryland Senator Victor Ramirez is planning to introduce legislation that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates when attending college within the state. This would be an option only for those who spent two years at a state high school. The tuition break comes out to around $15,000 when comparing in-state rates to those that out of state students pay. The democratic governor of Maryland stated he would sign the bill for in-state tuition. Ramirez believes that the bill has a better chance of passing due to the new makeup of the state senate. The requirements for receiving the in-state tuition rate include attending two years of high school in the state of Maryland, having parents who pay income tax, and signing a sworn affidavit to complete the paperwork to become a United States citizen.

This legislation is not being met with total support though. Delegate Pat McDonough has stated that he plans to introduce 15 new bills that will crack down on illegal immigration rather than giving tuition breaks. McDonough wants to include some proposals that will ban colleges from giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates. He doesn’t believe it is fair to taxpayers or law-abiding citizens to allow undocumented immigrants to receive those tuition rates.

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