Yesterday University of California officials announced that they intend to seek an 8% increase in student fees for next fall, bringing the cost of in-state, off-campus attendance to more than twelve thousand dollars a year. This new hike comes on the heels of the 32% fee increase, implemented last fall, that sparked massive student protests throughout the state.

As noted here yesterday, in-state tuition, room, and board in the UC system is already several thousand dollars a year more expensive than average out of state costs nationwide, making it cheaper for California students to study in other states than to stay at home.

The proposal will be voted on at a meeting of the UC Board of Regents next week. Expect fireworks.