University of California President Mark Yudof said today that he will ask UC's governing board to freeze tuition for the coming school year, responding to the state budget just as Gov. Jerry Brown had hoped.
Brown and lawmakers added provisions to the state budget this week that would give an additional $125 million to UC and the California State University in 2013-14 if the systems didn't raise tuition for this year -- and if voters approve the governor's tax initiative in November.
"The budget legislation signed by the governor is a significant step toward bringing stability to public higher education funding in California," Yudof said in a statement. "Based on the incentives in this budget package, I intend to recommend to the Board of Regents that our current tuition levels remain in place for the upcoming year."
Previously, UC officials had said they would consider a 6 percent tuition increase this summer.
The situation is more complicated at CSU, whose trustees have already approved a 9 percent tuition hike that has been collected from current students. If CSU wants the $125 million Brown promised, it would have to issue refund checks to students after the election in November.