It's a difficult time for higher education in California because of the state budget crisis, which has meant more fee increases for students and pay cuts for professors and staff. That still hasn't closed the budget gap at California's public universities and they've had to limit admissions and reduce the number of classes they offer.
Students have a legitimate gripe when they complain they pay more for their educations and get less from the universities.
At the University of California, officials are trying to make it less expensive for some families to send their children to one of its 10 campuses, even while the system is preparing for more fee increases.
It's a juggling act that UC President Mark Yudof has learned to perform during his short tenure leading the system. On Friday, Yudof was in Fresno announcing a program in which students with family incomes of $70,000 or less would pay no fees to attend a UC campus. Next month, he'll be recommending to the Board of Regents a 32% increase in student fees for next year.
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