There are protests of course.
"The noise of protesters came through the window as the regents voted. It was only lightly discussed, with UC President Mark G. Yudof urging that students explore all the financial-aid possibilities so they don’t get scared away or drop out."Another load of crap. President Yudof is telling students to borrow money to pay for their education. And why not, that's what California does to pay for everything--borrow money. Heaven forbid anything be paid for out of general revenues. Better to pass a bond measure instead.
UC does a terrible job explaining the reality of borrowing money to college students. Yeah, you borrow $40k (minimum!), but you pay back so much more. Students financing a four-year degree on loans will be paying those loans back well into middle age. Down payment for a house? Forget about it.
And as a UC alumnus myself I hate to say this, but the quality of a UC education is not so great. Really, it's a lot of political propaganda. It may seem vital when you're young but it's not very useful beyond your 20s.
Community college instructors are better teachers, hands down. Unless you're getting a degree in the hard sciences, I see no reason to attend any UC. You can get an equivalent or better education in the liberal arts from a school in the state university system.
Which is not to say that this whole thing doesn't suck. It does. It especially sucks for students half-way through. They talk about having to go to a community college.
"Mark Villela, a junior at UCLA, also said he would probably have to drop out of school and attend community college in his hometown of Palmdale."Honey, you're junior. There is nothing left for you to take at a two-year community college. Get a part-time job and transfer to State.