California "Public Postsecondary Student Tuition and Fees" Initiative (2012)

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A California "Public Postsecondary Student Tuition and Fees" Initiative (#12-0006) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Prohibited increases in tuition or general fees for an undergraduate or graduate student of the University of California, the California State University or the California Community Colleges "while such a student is enrolled, in good academic standing, and making satisfactory academic progress towards receiving a degree within the applicable timeframe specified by the official catalog of the student's campus."

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Tuition and Fees at University of California, California State University, and Community Colleges. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Prohibits increases in tuition or general fees for an undergraduate or graduate student of the University of California, the California State University or the California Community Colleges while such a student is enrolled, in good academic standing, and making satisfactory academic progress towards receiving a degree within the applicable timeframe specified by the official catalog of the student's campus."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Colleges and universities would face new constraints on their ability to raise additional revenue in the form of student fees and tuition in a given year. While continuing students in good academic standing would experience stable tuition and fee levels, tuition charged to new students at the University of California and the California State University could be higher than it would otherwise be, especially in the initial years after the initiative's adoption. The state could face General Fund cost pressures to the extent that universities were not able to raise the tuition revenue they would otherwise seek. This pressure would likely diminish over time as additional students became subject to the increased tuition levels. At the California Community Colleges, General Fund pressure likely would be minor, even initially."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements
  • Christopher J. Campbell submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on February 10, 2012.
  • A ballot title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on April 9, 2012.
  • 807,615 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #12-0006 was September 6, 2012. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would have allowed the initiative to compete on the November 2014 ballot.
  • No signatures were filed by the filing deadline.

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