STATEMENT: Senator Hernandez Deeply Disappointed in UC Regents’ Vote to Increase Student Tuition Costs

January 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO: Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina) issued the following statement on the University of California (UC) Regents' decision to increase student tuition costs:

"I firmly believe education is the greatest equalizer and that our students’ successes hinge on California continuing to provide them access to affordable, quality education. There is a public good in having world renown institutions of higher learning available to all, such as the University of California system, but not at a detriment to our student’s long-term financial well-being. California must continue investing in our students and not force low and middle income families to shoulder the burden of ever-increasing tuition costs.

"That's why, with soaring student loan costs leaving so many of California's students with crushing debt after college, even at today's existing tuition levels, I am deeply disappointed in the UC Regents who voted in support of the increases. At the same time, I applaud Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Regent and Speaker Emeritus John Perez, Student Regent Marcela Ramirez, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their courage to vote against the increases.”