Hundreds of University of California students from across the state were in San Francisco to protest a proposed tuition increase Wednesday in front of a Board of Regents meeting.
The Board of Regents' budget committee voted 7-2 to tentatively raise tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
"We were trying to keep the meeting from actually happening," UC Santa Cruz sophomore Sarah Slain said.
Despite the protests, the meeting resumed at the Mission Bay Conference Center.
"I've only been in politics about 19 years. I've never seen a process as dismissive as this," Lieutenant Governor and UC Board member Gavin Newsom said. "It's basically saying, 'We are waving the white flag.' It's saying, 'Alright, legislature, we got this but on the backs of students, on the backs of the middle class.'"
But UC President Janet Napolitano said the state has already slashed $1 billion from the budget in the past few years - and that money has to come from somewhere.
The final vote on the proposed tuition hike will happen Thursday.