uc_color_logo.jpgAbout 30 students gathered at the University of California at Berkeley this morning to protest tuition hikes of about 40 percent in the past two years.

Protesters gathered at Sproul Plaza and wrote about tuition increases with chalk on nearby pillars. They began marching north from the plaza with signs at 11 a.m., UC Berkeley police Lt. Alex Yao said.

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday approved an 8 percent tuition hike for schools system-wide in efforts to help cover a $1 billion budget shortfall.

Hundreds of UC students protested the fee hikes at the regents’ meeting on Wednesday at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus. Thirteen were arrested for getting rowdy with police.

But with only five regents voting against the measure, many officials understood the necessity of the tuition hike.

“You can’t look at the last 30 years and be at all confident you’re ever going to avoid a fee increase,” University of California President Mark Yudof said.


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