UC freezes undergraduate tuition for in-state students for 2 years

Tuition will remain flat at $12,804, but climb to $38,750 for out-of-state students

University of California tuition for California residents will freeze for the next two years in exchange for increased state funding under an agreement between the university system and Gov. Jerry Brown.

California residents' tuition will remain flat at $12,804 for the next two years, while the agreement authorizes the UC Board of Regents to raise non-resident tuition up to 8 percent annually -- which would bring it to $38,750 this year, according to UC president Janet Napolitano's office.

In 2017-18, all tuition would rise by at least the rate of inflation, university officials said.

The regents had voted in November to increase overall tuition by as much as 5 percent annually over the next five years, but came at odds with the governor's office in January when his proposed budget made annual 4 percent increases in university funding for the for the next two years contingent on no tuition hikes.

As part of the agreement reached today, Brown's office has committed to the 4 percent budget increases for an additional two years.

The revised budget released today also gives the university $436 million over three years for the UC's pension obligations from the state's Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund and allocates $25 million from the state's cap-and-trade program to improve energy efficiency.

The university has agreed to ensure at least a third of new students transfer from other institutions, make strides to help students earn undergraduate degrees in three years, and explore other ways to make spending more efficient.

"Gov. Brown and I were both focused on the future of California as we worked toward this agreement," Napolitano said in a statement. "Now the University of California will turn to our state legislators for their much-needed support of the proposed budget and for funding to enroll more California students."

Brown had suggested giving students options for completing a degree in three years instead of four as a way for the university to become more efficient and cope with high demand for admissions. He suggested online courses and offering credits for non-classroom activities such as work experience as potential routes to that goal.

Over the coming years, university officials said they will be looking into those options, as well as seeing whether certain majors can have their requirements reduced without compromising the quality of education and having more robust summer sessions.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by DonHonda
a resident of California Reflections
on Jun 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

It's too bad that this article doesn't mention that with Gov. Brown's newly revised budget, along with this "agreement" with Napolitano, he cut $18 Million fro Middle Class Scholarships for CA Residents.

Illegal Aliens Students get $50 Million yearly of free State money to attend higher eduction, along with fee waivers, along with this year's access to $10 Million of CA State loans, along with $5 Million Napolitano gave them last year to shut them up, along with newly built "Illegal Alien" Centers on UC and CSU campus for them alone with Staff for their use alone.

I guess we can tell what their priorities are. It's certainly not for CA Residents and their families that have contributed taxes for many years to support CA and its public institutions, while their children have long term school debt. The CA Middle Class is the engine that drives CA's economy and innovation. It is being allowed to die and slow death.

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Posted by Deek
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm

It is being allowed to die and slow death.

What does this even mean?

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Posted by Allison
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Are Beavis and Butthead trying to talk to one another?

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Posted by Gasping
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2015 at 12:08 am

It means what DonH said, the middle class do not get anything like illegals get handed. Middle income students get loans and foot their own know, the same families who also PAY the taxes to give free handouts to the illegals.
The real kicker is the ignorant, gullible voting taxpayers who voted for Brown and his "Rainy day initiative". The Brown chatter about filling in at Cal 'helping Napolitano' for next 2 years, is slight-of-hand to fill the Cal union gap for the next 2 years. At the time I told voters & taxpayers the rainy-day con was purely as way to get money to funnel in to extremely high union increases and retirements which will always continue to increase with longevity. But, stupid, gullible seemed eager to give Brown his silent way to 'cover' the union costs. FOLLOW THE MONEY. TUITION dollars increase for one reason...rising UNION costs !!!!! So Brown is using (like he always planned) keep tuition down for 2 years with the 'rainy-day- fund' then it won't be his worry any longer.It was never intended for 'emergencies'. OF COURSE 'poor, poor, poor' illegals will continue to get 'free rides' and our kids will continue to get loans, the Cal unions will continue to get their increases.
News junkies, like myself, listen, read, and did 'hear' and 'read' the actual words of Napolitano who was truthful in one interview at the start, that of course tuition would have to increase, to cover the increased 'union costs'. She had not yet learned, that on that subject she needed to develop better slight-of-hand, and better tongue twisters to not let foggy taxpayers know the truth WHY college costs have SO increased, not like 30 years ago.. Ooops, that's right, Moonbeam had not 'created' Ca public unions yet!!!! College FOR Californians was still free...,costs were pretty constant back then, didn't have ever-increasing union demands, and retirees living the 'good life' longer and longer. Our grandkids won't even be able to afford WITH increased tuition. Now we have union increases, longer retirements, plus illegals, dreamers, and their babies. Now we also have built them free Cal campus day-care, 'cuz you know they don't believe in contraception, so just keep those meal-tickets coming!!!! It all disgusts me, but since you must have voted for the 'rainy-day initiative' I guess you're happy. It's just like Jerry planned. You were not paying attention, if you didn't know silent union 'slack' was always the intended purpose. It certainly kept us from debating the 'REAL' issues. Brown can 'pretend' things are 'ok'....DELAY reality discussions...idiots won't 'get it' until he's gone.

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Posted by Gasping
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Back in the 'fifties' it was possible for most resident students to attend college if they wanted. It is easy to chart the introduction of unionizing of CA education (at every level), to education slippage and introduction of remedial learning at CA institutions of 'higher' learning. The timelines will cross. Of course the biggest union jump was when recalled Gov Davis (Gov Brown's former aid) upped public union employees to unrealistic levels. In coming years educations were not as available ever again. Also, in following days, we started pushing illegals and many unqualified into college seats, and upping tuitions to traditional middle-class students.
We can thank politicians for the slippage of our middle-class!!
It is good self-defense to follow the actions of politicians, not the words. Remember and note sequences and timelines.

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