The price tag on a University of California education just went up for out-of-state and international students. The UC Board of Regents voted Thursday 12-6 with one abstention to hike undergraduate nonresident supplemental tuition by $762, despite loud protest from students across the state.
“$762 might seem incremental,” UCLA student Sachi Cooper told regents, “but that $762 was the flight that my friend took home for her grandfather’s funeral, and it was the flight that I could not take to stand by my mother’s side during her surgery.”
The increase is expected to bring in $26 million in new revenue, most of which would benefit in-state students. University of California President Janet Napolitano reminded regents that next year’s budget plan hinges on this revenue infusion.
“Without this we add another $30 million hole, and that will have an impact on the educational impact we can provide our undergraduate students, be they from California or be they from out of state,” Napolitano said.
A portion of the revenue, nearly $3 million, will be set aside for financial aid to help out-of-state students, a provision added after regents tabled a vote on the increase at their last meeting in March because of widespread criticism from students and disagreement among trustees, who worried the fee bump would keep low- and middle-income non-California students out.