Lawmaker hopes to cap UC tuition fees

February 10, 2010 6:34:54 PM PST
California residents will pay fees of $10,000 to attend the University of California next fall -- three times more than residents paid just 10 years ago.

But a bill by State Sen. Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield, hopes to control that. It says whatever fees you pay in your freshman year would stick with you until you graduate. Florez says a key to lowering fees is to make UC more cost efficient.

"We have some inefficiencies to fix at the University of California; we're cutting courses, we're hiring tenured professors at some universities who never teach a course," he said.

Florez's bill also would limit fee increases to five percent over the previous year for incoming students. Florez hopes also to cap fees in the California State University system and community colleges.