Most colleges and universities will refund housing and dining plans but not tuition; they say online classes worth the costs.
Plan calls for $606, or 4.8 percent, tuition increase to $13,176 for next fall's freshmen. Aid will shield many students.
The UC board of regents will vote next week on two plans to increase tuition. Hikes tied to inflation could continue for five years.
A poll brief released Monday showed that low-income California voters and voters in counties in rural areas have the highest concerns about college affordability.
Tuition for state residents will remain at $12,570. The now postponed plan would have hiked tuition for non-residents by $762 to $42,324. Criticism was surprisingly strong.
California community college students are getting free tuition, laptops and textbooks as colleges spend $46 million in state “free tuition” funds.
Enrollment from California students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition reciprocity program has more than tripled over the past decade.
This will be the first UC tuition decline in nearly two decades.