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UC regents approve 8% tuition increase for fall 2011


UC undergraduates will be paying an additional 8%, or $822 more, for their education next year as a result of a regents’ vote Thursday.

The full board of UC regents approved the hike in a 15-5 vote despite the pleas of student leaders and some board members. Among the most vocal opponents at the San Francisco meeting was Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a regent by virtue of his office, who said he wanted UC administrators to find more efficiencies throughout the 10-campus system before adding to the burdens of students and their families.

Also voting no were regent Charlene Zettel, student regent Jesse Cheng, alumni representative Darek DeFreece and regent Odessa Johnson.

The opponents acknowledged that expanded financial aid will shield low-income students from the increase and that families with incomes of up to $120,000 will have a one-year reprieve. But they said that middle-income families still face a tough time financing a UC education.

“Those are the ones who are silently crying. They are not at the microphone,” DeFreece said. “They are at work trying to figure out how they are going to pay for it all.”

Students seemed resigned to the final vote and only about 15 were present in the UC San Francisco meeting room by the time the debate was over. On Wednesday, an estimated 300 students and union activists had held a raucous rally outside that led to 13 arrests. 

In other action, the regents voted to change the name of the charges student pay from “fees” to “tuition,” to recognize their steep increase over recent years.


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-- Larry Gordon, reporting from San Francisco

Photo: From left, California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and University of California President Mark Yudof listen as UC Regents Chairman Russell Gould speaks during a meeting Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. Credit: AP / Ben Margot

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10-campus system will expand its so-called Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, so most students from families earning less than $80,000 annually would not have to pay any tuition.




The 8% hike in tuition will finance the illegal immigrants to go to college for free. The DREAM Act is about to be passed, then Amnesty.
California school students are now 55% Hispanic/Latino, half of that are illegal immigrants. All students who enroll in schools for the first time in the U.S. should have all legal immigration documents before acceptance. This would automatically cut-down on illegal immigrants wanting to live here and they would most likely go back home and get their education in their own country of origin.

It is a shame and a sham that U.S. citizens must pay the price. Illegal Hispanics are getting the best for free that this nation has to offer. We are making them happy, prosperous people while our middle class citizens especially suffer and some must do without getting an education because they can't qualify for the free schooling and their parents cannot afford their education. Proposition 187 passed for a good reason back in 1994...


@ Nick Greville
Graduating in four years is not all about applying yourself (I have a 3.86 gpa). In addition to the 4,000 in 5 years of fee increases, we have had a reduction in class offerings, and increase in class size. I am in my senior year, and the classes that are needed to graduate are not available this year due to budget cuts. There would not be such an outcry if the quality of education was the same if not better than ten years ago, But we are being asked to pay more, and get less. I will be staying for one more year because the classes that I need to graduate have been cancelled due to lack of funds.
*My question now is that the UC system is getting 8% more from me next year will I get the classes back that I need to graduate. I am from a middle class family with another sibling in college, and my financial aid consisted of loans. I turned them dozen and work 60 hours a week in two jobs, because my parents (both private high school teachers) make a little over the threshold for grants.
*The amount of money wasted in the UC system is ridiculous. The amount of waste should have been looked at before to lazily increasing fees.

And you're subsidizing ILLEGALs at the expense of legal eg asian immigrants.

Rome did not fall in a day.

Expanded financial aid (money from taxpayers) will cushion low income students . There is NO reason for the Universities to cut back when the Obama administration will just loan the students more money. It's like the subprime houses all over again.

If it isn't worth it to you, then don't go. It's pretty simple, really.

My feeling it that a large majority of students are just taking up space anyway, studying mostly worthless stuff such as political science (now many political scientist do we need?).

I would eliminate all the liberal arts majors, fire the overpaid professors and use the money saved for important stuff, such as engineering.

We have a surplus of political scientist and a shortage of engineers.

If one wants to study liberal arts do it on their own nickel at a private school.

Look, I don't wan't to seem like I don't care about other UC schools, HOWEVER, we need to protect the funding of the first tier UC schools (Cal and UCLA) and second tier schools (UCSD, UCI, and UC Davis). If necessary, UC Merced should be shut down and possibly UC Riverside as well . . .we absolutely MUST protect the funding to the top tier schools in the UC system so they remain competitive with their private counterparts. Cal is usually ranked the best public university in the world with UCLA and the second tier schools not too far behind and it MUST stay that way.

I read stuff like this and weep. When I was going to the University we had professors who constantly and passionately taught their progressive theories in a form of brain washing; as we had to agree with them on our papers and tests in order to gain a decent grade. Todays students seem to be getting even more, especially in regards to the use of illegal substances like marijuana. Our Universities and Colleges are crucibles for those like the ASA, NORML, MPP, and their ilk to brain wash our kids to their liberal notions (along with many of their professors). Is it any wonder that these dead professors and administrators refuse to tighten their own economic belts and insist on over charging our kids on a poor education??

Why not increase tuition 25% and then the extra money can be used to increase public employee salaries and pensions. Prison guards can make $150,000 a year with pensions in excess of $100,000 a year.

Wow, that would be a state to be proud of. Who needs educated people when we can have highly paid prison guards?

...I know a person at the university who has worked there 25 years and not only did his meager salary get reduced by 250 last year for furlough there hasnt been A SINGLE RAISE THERE IN 5 YEARS okay got it other opeople have to survive too so the fees must go up.the rent keeps going up every single year and dwp rates just increased 5 percent everything goes up but his salary.....he needs a much deserved raise!!

Nick Greville, it's stupid to say it's the students' fault for not finishing in 4 years due to laziness. It's taking so many 5 years to graduate because so many classes have been cut

here come fee hikes while illegal aliens who shouldn't be in our country get reduced fees??? i just don't get it... when are we going to get it. i'm not against immigrants just about all of us were or our parents or their parents were. get used to it because it's not going to change anytime soon!

Think about it. It's a double wammy for you parents. You are not only paying the increase for your own kid, but you are also paying the extra amount (I believe about 1/3) go to someone's kid. Hahaha !!

As an older student this is outrageous, the "education" is usually a rehashed power point presentation and not real life experiences or teaching. We are playing more money for teachers who could careless and for administation that treats students like dirt.

While I don't mind paying, I would like to pay for quality and that's not what most public colleges in Califorina offer.

On top of that you can't even get the classes you need to graduate, your given wrong information so you they can fire all counslers you do the hard work yourself.

You libs are getting exactly what you deserve.

Next time you want to stand up for the rights of illegal aliens....just remember there are consequences.

Enjoy that "CROW" pie.......yumyum.....

Well in California you either have to be rich, or an illegal alien to get a good education......Where do I sign up to renounce my citizenship?

This is so not fair...
so high school students now should look for other colleges too
and maybe they have better financial aid programs but still get a great education

As a parent and alumni of UC system, I’m in the middle of the “sand box” to make a bit more to support all the taxes and fees that this state is imposing on me. Since I have been through the system and currently paying the ”fee “ of +30K per year for Cal Berkeley, I believe my attitude should reflect those who are working hard to achieve the American dream.
As far as the tuitions, it is what it is, but the other costs that are not considered are also escalating at its own rate. It costs out of my pocket in excess of 30K for Cal Berkeley for tuition, lodging, and food. This outlay of money is after tax money, so for me there is an additional 30% that is not visible for this estimation.
My son is an “A” student in Cal Berkeley, perusing to be those making a lot of money in the future (medical doctor for those in need, without the thoughts of millions that doctors are supposed to make). I am middle incomer (over 120K) so there is no other help and since my son is attending UC system and in a “wrong” race category, there is no help.
I am paying his first four years, because he will end up with over 300K in loan when he goes through the medical program. That is what parents should do, and that is my obligation to lessen the financial burden that my son will be shouldering. I believe he will be a very productive member of the society serving the needy people that he believes is the calling. That is why I’m in this “sand box” to provide the means.
This current state of dismal affair has been in decline since that I recall in the 70s to now. Thanks to liberals and other populist politicians that seem to forget about making the state “Golden” with jobs and revenue, is at it again by stifling education. The education at one time was great in CA, and since “the current Brown” it has crest and now... When economy is in despair, education should be invested for the possible future jobs that the graduates can bring to invest in the state and the country. This type of short sightedness will only provide people with the means to send their children and create further stratus layer of wealthy and the needy. All children should have the access and the means without their parents’ status in life.
Education should be opened to those who are willing to study and plan for the future. That should be affordable to the residents of the state without the consideration of the parents’ income, but whether the students were able to master the materials provided in the earlier education level, and they are ready to challenge the higher education system.

Who has the money? The kings and their privileged lackeys never wanted the masses to be educated. // Jean Clelland-Morin

Simple solution: Move the amount students would need to pay to cover the increase from the Prison Fund to the U.C. Fund.

$ do not, for example, solve UC Berkeley's fiscal deficit. Here's what I mean. UC Berkeley’s Leadership Crisis
Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.
A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.
It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.
In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await the transformation.
The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.

When most of USA citizen experiencing with financial recession, higher unemployment rate it's a very embarrassing decision taken by them which going to put pressure on much of the students & their families, I wish they can reconsider all the people request and hold the decision some more time.

Reading some of the comments here is disheartening...

I am a current UC Berkeley student majoring in Microbiology, I spent a few years at community college to save money and I am come from a middle class family that is struggling to pay my tuition. I am even a biology and MARC scholar and receive some financial aid to offset my fees.

That said... Tuition is too damn high! These are public universities and should be accessible to anyone who has worked hard to be at the UC level!

Educate the public not just the privileged.

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