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Janet Napolitano vows to keep UC tuition affordable

  • University of California President Janet Napolitano has lunch at the Bruin Plate with students at UCLA in Westwood, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Napolitano toured UCLA for the first time, meeting privately with administrators, faculty and students. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Francine Orr, Pool)

SANTA CRUZ — New University of California President Janet Napolitano said Friday that she will work to keep tuition costs from rising beyond the reach of families.

The former Homeland Security chief spoke to students and university officials at the school's Founders Celebration. It was part of her system-wide tour of campuses.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/17AxLt8) that Napolitano also met with student leaders who questioned her about rising costs and immigrant students living in the U.S. without legal permission.

UC tuition has tripled in the past decade. Napolitano said university officials are working to hold down costs.

"There have been increases, no doubt," Napolitano said. "It's a public university, and we're going to do everything we can to make sure it remains affordable."

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