Alternative U Of California Tuition Plan Attracts Interest

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UC Riverside students received a dose of validation Wednesday from system President Mark G. Yudof over their radical plan to abolish tuition and replace it with post-graduation payments equaling 5% of their income for 20 years.

Speaking at a UC regents meeting on the Riverside campus, Yudof said he was "very impressed" with the proposal — despite the obstacles it would face in implementation. "We think the ideas are constructive," Yudof said, promising that his staff would study the plan.

His comments were a triumph of sorts for Chris LoCascio, a UC Riverside student who has led an effort to find an alternative to skyrocketing tuition and a way to cope with shrinking state education revenues.

LoCascio's group, called Fix UC, released a no-tuition proposal last week that instead would require most graduates to pay 5% of their wages (not investments) for two decades. It would offer discounts for transfer students, graduates who work in public service careers and those who stay and work in the state.

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