Graduate Students

California Students Attempting Tuition-Freeze Ballot Initiative

November 14, 2007

California students are hoping to put what they claim is the first student-led ballot initiative before voters in 2008 after they filed the initiative today with the state’s attorney general. The measure would freeze tuition at University of California and California State University institutions for five years, and pay for it by levying “a 1-percent tax on taxpayers’ personal income above $1 million.”

For the measure to appear on the November 2008 ballot in California, the students will need to amass 433,971 signatures within 150 days. Given that the California State University trustees have tentatively approved up to a 10-percent hike in tuition for students next year, and the University of California regents recently approved increases for professional programs, mobilizing the more than 600,000 students in the systems for a tuition freeze may not be an impossible task. —JJ Hermes