Friday, May 9, 2003

Hanan Eisenman (510) 587-6194

Brad Hayward (510) 987-9091


The University of California Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss 2003-04 student fees at its meeting in San Francisco next week. While discussion and public comment on the fee item will go forward as planned, a vote on the matter will be delayed until more information about the state budget becomes available.

Recent proposals from the Legislature have threatened additional cuts to UC’s budget beyond those proposed by Gov. Gray Davis. These additional reductions are substantial and, if approved, could necessitate fee increases above those scheduled for consideration at the Regents’ meeting next week.

“It seems prudent to address these issues in a single action, rather than acting now and returning again in a few weeks for another vote -- an approach that could produce considerable confusion for students and their families,” said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. “In the meantime, we will continue working aggressively in Sacramento to fight any additional budget cuts that could lead to further fee increases or program reductions.”

Atkinson said he wants to give students and parents as much advance notice of this fall’s fee levels as possible and anticipates returning to the Regents with a final fee recommendation either at the July meeting or at a special meeting in June. The University anticipates having much better information by that time about the final state budget outcome and its impact on UC.

Atkinson added: “Because many students will be away from campus at that time, I want to be clear that I welcome their input on fees at the May meeting -- it is one of the primary reasons that I want to proceed with the fee discussion despite delaying the action.”

The fee item scheduled for discussion next week is at http://www.ucop.edu/regents/regmeet/may03/502.pdf.

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