Higher fees for higher education

feehikes.JPG More fee hikes at the University of California, and students (of course) are pissed. An increase of 8% for undergraduate students and 10% for graduate students doesn’t sound like a lot, but this is afte 5 consecutive years of fee hikes. By this point, I’m just glad that as a graduate students, most of my educational fees and living expenses are paid through fellowships and research assistantships which means I don’t have to take out additional loans. Most students are not so lucky. From a press release by the UC Students Association

UC students from across the state gathered by the bus load to send a message to the Regents, the Legislature, and the Governor that the fight to stop the fee increases has only just begun and to celebrate the Regents vote to return to a policy that will set aside a full 33% of any fee increase, or $6 million, for university financial aid grants (Return To Aid). In the past three years UC fees have skyrocketed, 72% for undergraduates, 84% for graduate students, and 69%-131% for professional students, the lowest for nursing and highest for law and business schools.

“As a student from a low income community I was fortunate to get to Boalt after a lot of hard work. Many people from my neighbor do not have the same opportunity and I strongly feel it is my obligation to return home to contribute to my family and community. But with increasing loan debt I fear I will be unable to”, said Claudia Medina, UC Berkeley Law student.

Any UC students out there, if you’re fed up, write letters or call your representatives in Sacramento.

Previously: the Cal State University system hasn’t fared much better.

4 Replies to “Higher fees for higher education”

  1. This is hurtin’ folks all over. There was an article on CNN.com about this a few weeks ago. A university higher-up (I think from Univ. of VA) said (and I’m paraphrasing a bit here, but I kid you not) “the tuition increases are necessary to help students afford the ever-increasing cost of higher education.”

    WTF?!!

  2. Gregg,
    I agree. The most recent fee hikes (at least the ones for undergrads) might be reversed.

    Brian,
    One of the Regents actually said that students from more well-off families actually wanted the fee increases. Tuition isn’t the only cost increasing for students either. The cost of on-campus housing and other costs (gym, student union, activities) have also increased. Financial aid is far behind, though.

  3. That’s a fair point, Cindy. And with the current bills in Congress threatening furthers cuts to student loan programs, the pinch will be even greater. We’re getting the same thing here in AZ.

    And my “WTF” was aimed more at the circular logic implied in the statement that they’re raising tuition to help students pay for the higher tuition.

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