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UC Regents Meet Thursday to Consider Tuition Increase

A 9.6 percent tuition and fee increase is on the table, following an 8 percent increase already approved for the 2011-12 school year.

The tuition and fees in the University of California system may increase a second time for the 2011-12 school year, as the Board of Regents considers options this week to combat a $650 million funding cut from the state.

A 9.6 percent tuition and fee increase for undergraduates will be proposed at the UC Regents meeting, beginning Tuesday and ending on Thursday. This tuition increase would be in addition to an already approved 8 percent increase, and would cause annual tuition and fees for undergraduate California residents to rise to about $12,200.

It is not clear if the 9.6 percent tuition and fee increase would go into effect in the fall or be delayed until the spring semester of 2011-12. The increase would cover a quarter of the UC system's total budget shortfall of $1 billion, according to the UC Office of the President.

"Our campuses and the UC Office of the President already have cut to the bone," said UC Vice President Patrick Lenz in a statement earlier this month describing a reduction in programs and employment coupled with increased class sizes.  

The UC budget may be reduced an additional $100 million if the projected state budget is overestimated, causing state support for the UC system to shrink further. Currently, the state pays $2.37 billion to the UC system.

During the 2007−08 school year, the state paid $3.25 billion to the UC system, and undergraduate residents paid about $6,571 in tuition and fees. With declining state funding, a series of controversial tuition hikes began in the 2008-09 school year, boosting tuition and fees above $10,000 by fall 2010.

Abraham July 12, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Why are UC staff allowed to telecommute with small children at home or outside contracting jobs on the side. It is absolute fraud to UC students and parents. We should not be paying for staff to babysit their children or work contracts on the side. Obviously, the UC still has plenty of fat it could be cutting if it allows this before it forces me to pull my child out of school because I simply cannot afford the tuition hike. I am sure there are plenty of UC staff who honestly pay for childcare and show up to work to bring excellence to the UC. Who are these people with this sense of entitlement? How many make 80k, 90k, 100k?
troys July 12, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Let's see I got a sales tax savings thanks to the republicans of about 1200 dollars a year if I am lucky and my daughters tuition goes up 2000 dollars next year and even more the next. Give me a break.
joel July 14, 2011 at 03:57 AM
Troys , the regent got himself a raise annual salary plus plus the extras , $ 400 000 we should all get together and sue the entire system is a fraud and we are paying for it , you know here to find me .
Nancy Johnsen Horton July 14, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Regents are the governing body of the UC system. They are not paid.
joel July 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
my Apologies , who is the one they granted a $ 400 000 salary , they might not be paid { the only peoples in the world thast work for nothing ar the nuns} the rest of them skim including thev regents the system one way or another . The sadness of American society they are taken advantage everyday and no one raise a finger , let's look no further than the Murdoch gang that went as far as eve dropping in the Brittish Royal Family , they gave Murdoch the boot , here we are going to consider him a Hero . Absolutey no difference , we reward thieves and the entire UC system is based on it . Please explain at a time all cost are down their phylosophical thinking to raise Tuition anothe 12% over 10% last year and the year before . I have nothing against anyone eaerning a fair salary , that is racketerring .
a94501er July 14, 2011 at 06:05 PM
troys, the sales tax dropped by 1%. I don't see how that translates into a savings of $1200/year ... unless you are spending $120k/year.
Abraham July 16, 2011 at 06:15 AM
Hi Kristen...it varies from dept from dept, but I can assure you I know of at least 20 across a couple of departments that telecommute with young children at home. Yes, it is a sense of entitlement limited to the professional classes, and it is completely unfair to the lower level workers or any workers that are required or have the work ethic to show up. Because it is even against the rules, you couldn't even you use it as a way to at least demerit them against their peers on evaluations...so they even get richer at the expense of everyone. "They get so much more done when they work at home"...like for their second job and and their laundry. if you add up the salaries, pensions, benefits, it costs the university well into the millions for absolutely nothing. It is also the sense of entitlement of this perk that make this group horrible to work with. They have no incentive to collaborate or streamline business processes...their gravy depends exactly the opposite...the indirect cost is I think well over 10 million. UCB has to come with at least 50 million in cuts...well here's a real easy chunk of that. It is not green...driving further from the burbs 3 times a week, not carpooling regularly, and heating and cooling your remote office is not green. Suburban sprawl is not green. The UC statements about life balance are false. The 90% that show up do not have that balance because they have to cover for these freeloaders.

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