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.