Senator Janet Nguyen introduces legislation that places 5-year tuition freeze on UC System and limits the admission of out-of-state students to 10 percent

Friday, March 20, 2015

In an effort to improve access to education for California students, Senator Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) has introduced a constitutional amendment that prohibits the University of California from increasing tuition fees for undergraduates for a period of five years and limits the admission of out-of-state undergraduate students to 10 percent at each UC campus. The bill is co-authored by Senators Patricia Bates, Jean Fuller, Jeff Stone, and Andy Vidak.

“We need to ensure that the doors of California Universities remain open for our children. That is why we need to keep tuition fees stable and require that 90 percent of university slots are available only to California students,” said Senator Nguyen.

This legislation was prompted by University of California President Janet Napolitano’s threat to restrict the number of California undergraduate students who can enroll in UC schools if the UC System does not receive more money from the state. Disappointed by President Napolitano’s announcement, Senator Nguyen worked diligently to craft a legislative proposal that ensures that California students continue to have access to the UC system. 

“As stewards for taxpayers who contribute to the UC system, I am hopeful that my colleagues in the State legislature will support this constitutional amendment for the benefit of all Californians,” said Senator Nguyen. “The education of our children is of utmost importance and we should not allow costs to continue to rise and admission slots for out-of-state students to crowd out Californians.”

If approved, this legislation would take effect during the 2017-2018 academic year and would affect the University of California’s 10 campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.

In order for SCA 4 to take effect, it needs to be approved by both houses of the California State Legislature, as well as California voters in 2016.