CSU to Consider Tuition Increase

The University of California regents will consider raising the price of tuition for the second time in less than 10 years on Wednesday.

There are two plans being proposed. Each would usher in price increases over a period of five years.

One plan calls for raising tuition to $12,918 for fall 2020, an increase of $348 or 2.8%. The other proposes a one-time tuition and fee increase for each incoming class. That would put tuition for newcomers in 2020-21 at $13,176, an increase of $606. Existing students would pay the same as they do now.

“In addition to those base costs, supplemental tuition for nonresident undergraduates would increase $840, to $30,594, this fall under the first plan and an additional $1,440, to $31,194, under the second plan,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “More than half of UC in-state undergraduates with the greatest economic need would pay less than they do today under both plans to raise tuition because they would receive more financial aid. That’s because one-third of every tuition dollar goes to financial aid, which can be used not only for tuition and fees but also for housing, food, transportation and other costs.”

University of California President Janet Napolitano says increases are needed to “sustain the University’s unparalleled track record of access, affordability, and academic excellence.” They are opposed by The UC Student Association. UCSA President Varsha Sarveshwar also expressed disappointment with both proposals.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.