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UC proposes tuition hike

Fees would increase incrementally over five years

The University of California Office of the President announced this week it will ask the UC regents to approve a tuition increase at the regents’ upcoming board meeting on Jan. 22.

365体育官网According to a addressed by UCOP to the board of regents, the tuition hike might be applied only to new students, including freshman and transfer students. It would be the first fee increase since 2017, when tuition rose by 2.7%, or $336 per year.

365体育官网On Wednesday, the regents will vote on whether to raise fees for graduate students as well as whether to increase tuition for all undergraduate students or only for new incoming students. If tuition is increased for all undergraduates, it would go up incrementally over the next five years by the rate of inflation. If the university decides to raise tuition only for new students, the increase would also be applied over a five-year period but would be more substantial.

365体育官网The potential increase for new arrivals only would mark the first time UC has implemented what it is calling “cohort-based tuition.” Under this plan, tuition would stay the same for all current UC students who remain enrolled. For incoming students, tuition would increase by the rate of inflation, plus 2% in 2020, 1.5% in 2021, 1% in 2022, 0.5% in 2023, and by the rate of inflation in 2024. The university estimates the inflation-based increase would be $348, a rise of about 2.8%.

365体育官网With campus fees included, UC undergraduates currently pay an average of $14,022 per year, including the system-wide tuition of $12,570. With the tuition increase, undergraduate fees would be projected to rise to $14,670 per year for California residents and to nearly $50,000 per year for out-of-state students.

The regents will also consider raising the supplementary tuition applied to some professional degrees at law schools at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Irvine as well as at the UC Irvine and UC San Diego business schools. Tuition would rise annually for these programs through 2023-24.

365体育官网If the plan is approved, tuition for a year of law school at UC Davis and the other three campuses next year would average more than $37,000 for California residents.

365体育官网The proposed tuition hike comes despite a funding increase from the state announced last week. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s  proposes a $217.7 million General Fund increase for UC campuses on top of several grants for specific UC-affiliated programs. UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and UC President Janet Napolitano applauded Newsom’s budget, saying in that it “reflects an ongoing commitment to higher education.”

In the document released this week, the UC Office of the President states that much of the additional tuition students would be paying will find its way back into students’ accounts, especially low and middle-income California residents. “The proposed plan would generate additional funding for student financial aid that would reduce the net cost of attendance for more than one-half of UC California resident undergraduates,” the university says.

365体育官网Currently, about a third of all UC students benefit from the state’s Cal Grant program, which covers the full cost of in-state tuition for low and middle-income students. The university says the tuition hike will generate funding to increase the number of these grants it provides.

“Tuition is the single largest driver of the amount of need-based grant assistance available to California resident undergraduates,” the university stated. “When these charges increase, so does the amount of students’ Cal Grant awards.”

— Reach Caleb Hampton at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @calebmhampton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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