Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
Eric Blanco, president of the state school counseling association, urges students to prepare early for college and keep options open.
Early proposals for the first possible tuition increases in six years call for a $270 hike at CSU and $300 at UC. Much awaits Gov. Brown's January budget plan.
Latinos and Asians comprise the largest groups of applicants as students seek to gain entrance to at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses.
Californians say they support more funds for higher education, but don't want higher taxes or tuition, poll finds. They regard campuses highly.
The unified front from UC, CSU and community colleges reflects the fear among their 74,000 undocumented students that they could face loss of work permits and deportation.
Students worry that Trump will revoke protections many have against deportation, but also say they appreciate the financial aid California provides to Dreamers.
The tuition hike is part of a plan to expand access to California students by increasing in-state undergraduate enrollments.
California State University's Graduation 2025 Initiative could help free up more space for campuses to admitted more qualified applicants.
Under new federal rules, the date has moved from January to October.
The study cites the relatively low cost of the state's public universities.
Select campuses will partner with local clubs.
The centers provide academic, financial and legal help, among other services.
The student presidents represent all campuses in their respective public university systems.
The universities are opening satellite campuses in urban centers.