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UC System Might Double Tuition Fees in Coming Years

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  • September 15, 2011
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UC System Might Double Tuition Fees in Coming Years

In this age of exploding student debt, higher default rates and tuition inflation, the last thing college students need is another significant tuition hike. It turns out, though, that public college students in California might get just that. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the University of California system is mulling tuition increases of anywhere from 8-16% annually. They are set to release the plan today, in a meeting with the UC regents.

Right now, tuition stands at just over $12,000 per academic year, more than $4,000 more than†just three years ago. An 8% yearly increase would take it to $16,600 by 2015; 16% increases would bring it up to just above $22,000, very close to double current costs. Tack onto that the costs of housing, transportation, food and books and California students will be paying a pretty penny.

The UCs have had to take drastic steps because of California’s now notorious budget problems, which were only exacerbated by the financial crisis. Of course, public education was one of the first things cut. As a result, the system faces a budget shortfall that requires increased revenue from tuition. In fact, this year represents the first in UC history where a majority of its budget comes from tuition as opposed to state support. Even in the absence of these huge hikes, students have been seeing the amount of debt they owe grow substantially for the past decade; these substantial hikes would only exacerbate huge problems that college kids are already having.

It is especially sad to see the University of California schools privatize. They are not only some of the most prestigious universities in the country, but they were also once affordable. Doubling tuition, though, puts the costs beyond what many potential students can pay. It becomes symbolic of a broader problem — with increasing tuition and increasing poverty rates, how are students supposed to get a high quality education?

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5:24AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Ok - so, capitalism, croneism, socialism, ad nauseauisms have corrupted our educational system. I agree that the constitution does not guarantee us an education - but I think that education might be implied in the "promoting the general welfare" when you extend that phrase to a logical conclusion.
I agree that the UC system, as well as the CalState system, needs to increase reveue to cover costs. That seems logical - less state money coming in, more revenue from other means, However, I don't believe that the UC or CalState systems are doing enough to save money or be conservative in spending to the best of their ability.
If I find myself with less income, I can turn off the lights when not in use, use less water, cut cable tv, use my car less, etc. etc. Both of these systems need to take a look at their workforce, their utilities, their contractors and cut where they can.
Yes, workforce - I had a professor who had been teaching for 25 years and he said when he began teaching, there was one administrative worker for every 12 professors (ntn including part-time professors). A year ago the ratio was 1 for every 4. Tell me, in these days where computers compute what these people used to compute, where letters are written by faculty, where part-time professors get no benefits and contracts run year-to-year, it seems to me that an overinflated administration would be the first place to, with energy costs a close second. Streamlining operations- used in the business world - w

11:15AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

I said I will move out of the country, btw your walking on my ancestors blood

12:24AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

What i do know is this that OUR country is at a tipping point and this next election will decide which way we will fall!!!!! I hope you people have enough food and water for sometime to tend to yourself and others you love cause it don't look good right now good luck!!!!!

10:55PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

You're right about that Jeffrey, but not just Capitalism, NOTHING works because it is NEVER left alone, corruption is why none of these philosophies work in practice, only in theory.

And you won't fix anything because fixing social issues takes listening as well as spouting a close minded opinion.

9:31PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California system. That's a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces qualified Californians with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.
UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The University of California Board of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university in the United States.
Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty and others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians.
I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students' welfare and put it high on their values.
Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students' welfare values of senior management and the UC Board of Regents.
Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

8:18PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Why would I move out of the country? I like it here. You're the one who wants to change it, not me.

We have been more successful than any other country in history and that is due to our capitalist economy and wise choice not to imitate European socialism. And that will continue.

7:16PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

12,000 an academic year is cheap! The cost of college is also going up because tenure of the PHD professors, More PHD professors teaching, and overall inflation. Is it fair, no but I will pay my tuition, get my diploma, and if the US keeps going down the drain....Move out of the country! Jeffery, give me an example of capitalist society that has been and continues to be successful?

6:18PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Conservatism's produce.

4:20PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Sonny H. Says """""The State should support the education of its citizens."""""

WRONG WRONG AND WRONG AGAIN Sony H.

the state is not obligated and never was obligated to support you or any other person's education. It is your responsibility to fund your education. The Constitution does not say anywhere in there, that the Government is Responsible for your education.

2:20PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

No, Patrick. People like me will fix this. It was run away spending and irresponsible deals with the public sector unions that caused the financial meltdown in California. People like me want government to spend less to avoid this situation.

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