UC Tuition Hike Sparks Indignation

New University of California students will start paying progressively more for their education once the 2022-2023 academic year rolls around. The Board of Regents approved the first set of tuition increases in four years on Thursday. The vote was 17 to 5.

Tuition and fees will rise by 2% or approximately $534 for new students in 2022-2023 and stay flat for the following six years. Yearly tuition and fees will hit just over $13,000 for in-state students. Thereafter, price hikes on incoming freshman will rise with inflation. The Regents will have to revisit the issue in five years and re-authorize the hikes in 2027. That idea came from the lone student member of the Board.

The news has sparked widespread condemnation, especially after the huge injection of cash that public universities just received from the state.

“Right as students and families continue to struggle to recover from the adverse impacts of this pandemic, this proposal would lock-in inequitable fee increases for the foreseeable future," the University of California Student Association said in a statement.

“I’m disappointed that the UC Regents voted to approve ongoing tuition increases today. This year, our state general fund allocates $1.3B in new spending to the UC- it's the wrong time to ask students & families to pay more when the state's commitment has never been greater,” tweeted Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

Speaker Anthony Rendon and Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who is running for Governor, also decried UC’s move. 

The Regents say the hikes are needed to keep up with rising costs if the university wishes to continue providing quality education. They also argue that additional financial aid will offset the costs for many California undergraduates. Under the plan, 45% of the revenues from the tuition hike will go toward in-state financial aid.

Read more about the coming increases at CalMattersKCRA, and the Los Angeles Times