The University of California is a unique institution. At Berkeley alone, there are more Pell recipients than the entire Ivy League combined. They also have a high number of DREAMers and their campus is incredibly diverse. Nicholas’ Blueprint seeks to assure their unique voices are heard at the federal level. He believes building this caucus will allow UC students to have their interests represented, thus promoting solutions to the issues students face on their campuses. The issue at the core is education accessibility and affordability. There are a number of reasons why it is becoming increasingly more expensive to attend UC. Namely, politicians are seeking short-term solutions to California’s and the nation’s budget woes, while supporting higher education is a long-term issue that is more difficult to rally support for.