Cash-strapped public university students in California are about to get even poorer. The University of California Board of Regents approved a plan Thursday to increase tuition by as much as 28 percent over the next five years. Tuition currently costs $12,192 (not counting room and board and campus fees) and will rise to around $12,800 by next fall. If the maximum increase of 5 percent is imposed every year, tuition in 2019 will run to $15,560—or 28 percent higher than what students pay today. Students at the UCSF Mission Bay campus and UC Berkeley campus protested the hikes, with students in Berkeley occupying Wheeler Hall.