California Republicans Propose 7-Year Tuition Freeze

By Catherine Groux
Posted January 09, 2013 12:00 PM

California Republicans have proposed a 7-year tuition freeze.
California Republicans have proposed a 7-year tuition freeze.
In an effort to control the rising cost of earning an associate's or bachelor's degree, Republicans in California recently proposed a seven-year freeze on tuition and fees at the state's public universities and community colleges, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The bills seek to ensure that money from tax increases under Proposition 30 will go toward education, therefore allowing California State University and University of California campuses to freeze their tuition rates. Tax increases under Proposition 30 were voter approved, as Governor Jerry Brown said that if taxes did not rise, the state's education system would be negatively affected.

"The proponents of Proposition 30 traveled to many college campuses telling students there would be no new fee increases if it passed," Senator Anthony Cannella, one of the Republicans who introduced the bill, told the Times. "As we have seen so many times before, money that should go to our public colleges and universities could easily be transferred to fund other programs. This bill makes that promise a guarantee."

Still, this is only one way state officials plan to keep the cost of higher education as low as possible. Recently, California Assemblyman Dan Logue proposed the creation of $10,000 bachelor's degree programs, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. While it is unclear whether Logue's plan will gain enough support to become an official pilot program, he feels it would be a significant step toward making education more accessible to students.

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