Gov. Jerry Brown made his first appearance Wednesday at a University of California board meeting in San Francisco, where he urged UC officials to control costs and avoid raising tuition.
Brown's pitch at UCSF's Mission Bay campus came a day after university officials heeded his request to delay a vote on raising fees for several professional degree programs.
Still, the regents presented a budget asking for $276 million more from the state for next school year. The regents said if they don't get the extra funds, that tuition would go up six percent.
Brown told the board they have to look for other solutions, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom added that students should brace for a tuition hike.
Students set up tents Wednesday afternoon at UCSF and planned to sleep out overnight in protetst. Many students campaigned hard to pass Prop. 30 - Brown's tax measure that passed on Nov. 6 and will be funneled into the general fund to support education. And they it ironic and hypocritical that their tuition is likely to go up despite their campaigning efforts.
The governor also attended Tuesday's meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees in Long Beach, where the board also agreed to postpone a vote on three new fees at Brown's request.
Brown said Tuesday that the UC and CSU systems must keep a lid on costs and tuition a week after voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raises taxes to fund K-12 schools and colleges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.