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Chart: The Cost of Tuition at UC and CSU Over the Years, Adjusted for Inflation

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How much has tuition for California's public universities really increased over the last 22 years?

Using data from the California State University Budget Office and University of California Budget Office, KQED has charted average tuition and campus fees for resident undergraduates, adjusted for inflation.

The numbers show that students and/or their parents are paying three times more in 2014 than their 1992 counterparts. The figures do not include expenses such as room, board, books and class-specific extra fees.

The average UC student now leaves school $20,500 in debt and the average CSU student $18,460 in debt, according to analyses conducted by both systems.

University of California

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California State University

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On Thursday, the University of California's Board of Regents voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases. The plan calls for increases up to 5 percent in each of the next five years for resident undergraduates.

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This post originally appeared on July 18, 2012. It was updated on November 21, 2014.

Years are by academic year. The CSU fees are a combination of the IRA fee; health facilities fee; health services fee; student body fee; and materials, services and facilities fee. Some UC students also pay a professional fee, which we did not include as it varies greatly by department.

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