University of California Announces Free Tuition for Indigenous Students

California residents who are members of federally-recognized Native American, American Indian or Alaska Native tribes will receive free tuition at University of California schools beginning next fall. The new policy was announced Friday, April 22

”The University of California is committed to recognizing and acknowledging historical wrongs endured by Native Americans,” UC President Michael Drake wrote in a letter to UC chancellors. “I am proud of the efforts the University has made to support the Native American community, including the creation of the UC Native American Opportunity Plan, and appreciate our conversations to date on all the ways in which we can better support Native American students.”

There are currently around 500 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students at UC schools who would be eligible. That number is likely to rise.

In-state tuition for a UC school costs around $13,000. Fees, which hover around $1,400, will also be covered for indigenous students.