WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The University of California’s Board of Regents Wednesday tentatively approved a proposed tuition hike at a meeting in San Francisco.

Students at UCLA and several UC campuses across the state Tuesday protested the proposal, which was a recommended 5 percent hike each year for the next five years.

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UC leaders say tuition rates at their 10 campuses have been frozen for three years, but now more funding is needed for the educational system to move forward.

Administrators also stated that tuition hikes were necessary because the state legislature under-funds their operating costs.

If the 5 percent increase is approved, it would bump tuition for the 2015-2016 school year by $612, to $12,804. Out-of-state students would pay the same increased rate, plus the non-resident fee of $22,878, which would also increase by the same percentage, according to UC.

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The move would amount to $3,102 in additional expenses for students over the current $11,220 base tuition, according to documents posted to the regents’ agenda.

The tuition hike is opposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

A formal vote is expected Thursday.

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