UC Berkeley campus by brainchildvn flickrThe University of California at Berkeley is sending an early holiday gift to middle-class families struggling to send their offspring to America’s top-ranked public institution of higher education.

Unveiled during a news conference, UC Berkeley’s plan will cap tuition at 15 percent of household income for families earning between $80,000 and $140,000.

The plan provides tuition caps similar to those at elite private institutions like Harvard. In the fall of 2012 it becomes the first such initiative launched at a public university.

(READ the full story in the CS Monitor)

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