After hearing from students and legislators, University of California Regents delayed a vote to increase tuition on Wednesday at a meeting in San Francisco.
In a letter, Gov. Jerry Brown encouraged regents to reject the proposed hike, writing, "This tuition increase is premature."
He concluded, "I urge you to focus on reducing the system's cost structures rather than increasing the financial burden on students."
Students had been advocating against the increase. They collected some 2,000 testimonials about the personal impacts of a tuition bump, and presented them to regents and to legislators in Sacramento.
Students also showed up in person at Wednesday's meeting to speak directly to the regents.
UC Berkeley junior Gloria Nuñez was there. She grew up in the Central Valley farm town of Delano, where she said few of her peers considered college a possibility, in part because of the cost. She worries that rising tuition will make a UC education seem totally out of reach.