(Oakland, CA) — University of California regents have approved a multi-year tuition increase at the system’s ten campuses. This is the first tuition hike for in-state students since 2017. New in-state undergraduates enrolling in fall 2022 would pay 534-dollars more, bringing base tuition and fees to just over 13-thousand a year. Students would pay the same amount for up to six years. Student groups opposed to the tuition hike say it places an unfair burden on low-income families and that college debt is too high in California. But UC officials say the tuition increase is needed to provide quality education and to keep campuses competitive. The UC system has already received more than one-billion dollars this year from the state.