UC Regents to consider another tuition hike

September 13, 2011

University of California regents are expected to consider a proposal Thursday that would raise student tuition by at least 8 percent—and as much as 16 percent. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Basic tuition could top $22,000 in just four years, not including other mandatory fees, books, room and board, if the regents adopt the idea at their November meeting as part of a multi-year budget plan. Undergraduate tuition is currently $12,192.

UC officials say the hikes will help cover $2.5 billion in additional funds the university needs to pay its bills and grow enrollment over the next four years.

But the size of the new annual increases would depend entirely on how much more money the state is able to give UC each year, if any. This year, for example, California reduced its allocation to UC by $650 million, and it expects to withhold even more money next winter unless the state’s revenue picture improves.

Under UC’s proposal to the Board of Regents, tuition would rise no more than 8 percent in a year if the state also gave an 8 percent increase. But if the state gave, say, 4 percent, tuition would grow 12 percent. If the state gave nothing, tuition would increase by the full 16 percent.

If the regents, meeting in San Francisco, approve the plan, UC expects to approach the state to negotiate a formal funding agreement.




  1. r0y says:

    Getting a nice, fat pay raise from the tax-payers sure makes supporting giving away education that much easier, I bet.

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  2. Moravecglobal says:

    University of California Berkeley is giving salary increases to Faculty with California Unemployment at 19% (including those having to work part time and those that gave up).

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau DISPLACES qualified for public university education at Cal Californians for $50,600 FOREIGN applicants.

    email opinions to UC Board of regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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  3. SloTownMan says:

    Raise the rates on some to let the illegal aliens go free…. sure makes sense doesnt it?

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  4. r0y says:

    We are, as a society, quickly approaching the “bang for the buck” aspect of higher education. While it is always a good idea to be as educated as one can be; part of that might be realizing that a few hundred thousand dollars invested in the current system may not pan out, especially in this depression.

    Raising the tuition rates will only add a few more people who might sit back and ask, “Why not just go to stay-at-home college instead of the sleep-over college?” (i.e. Community Colleges vs. University).

    If there are little or no jobs, why would anyone want to go a quarter of a million dollars (or more) in debt? That might take a long time to pay off if the desired jobs or salaries are no longer available.

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  5. everyman says:

    21 days

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  6. jimmy_me says:

    Is anyone taking bets as to how long it will take the CSUs to follow with a fee increase of their own?

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