Different Tuition Rates at Different UCs
As prospects for the California state budget and what it may mean for the University of California become progressively grimmer, other sources of revenue are sought after. One option being explored is the idea of differential tuition—having different tuition rates for independent UC campuses. For example, students would pay more to attend UC Berkeley or UCLA than UCR. Advocates say that varying tuition based on consumer demand would help raise funds for schools. Opponents argue that the idea is elitist and would be detrimental the UC as a unified system. Officials and UC Berkeley and UCLA have been the most vocal about differential tuition, but UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau suggests that the regents set a standard applicable throughout the UC but allow individual campuses to range 25% above or below that standard. In contrast, UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal argued that differential tuition would harm the unity and resources of the UC system, that the implementation of differential tuition would run the risk of schools in greater demand raising tuition right away and making some campuses inaccessible to many California students.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uc-tuition-20110509,0,5070335.story
Nothing to fear but an “all-cuts budget”
Governor Jerry Brown has previously estimated that an all-cuts budget might mean that tuition could rise to as much as $20,000-25,000 and UC President Yudof predicts the same. This grim possibility has seen opposition from both the public and private sector, as business leaders argued before the senate budget committee that public universities provide the “human capital” that is necessary for success. The budget released in January proposed $12.5 billion in cuts and imposing $14 billion in tax-extensions, but the tax-extensions did not pass. The revised budget is due out on May 16. This would mean that the UC system most likely will have to deal with more cuts. Yudof stated that the UC system could handle $500 million in cuts, but if there are more cuts, the University of California would have to raise tuition and cut services.
Read more: http://www.dailycal.org/article/113087/yudof_warns_of_drastic_turn_with_all-cuts_budget