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UC Board of Regents approves 8% fee hike

In a vote of 15-5 today, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents decided to raise undergraduate tuition 8% next fall, to $11,124, which does not include individual campus fees or room and board. The UC system will offer more financial aid. :-)

I am glad that my kids are out of school. I am really starting to understand the “less-than-kind” :-) comments that some of my friends who graduated from the UC system make about the Board of Regents.

Although 8% doesn’t sound awful, remember that the increase comes after AN INCREASE IN UNDERGRADUATE FEES BY MORE THAN 30% over the past year. The UC system has seen sharp decreases in funding by the state, staff furloughs, fewer course sections, and reduced student enrollment.

Students with family incomes under $120,000 a year will not have to pay the latest tuition increase for one year. :-) That may give one more class of middle-income students the ability to graduate.

Read the article yourself, and decide whether it looks like only children of the wealthy will be able to afford a college education, while working-class parents are laid off and losing their homes.

It looks a lot like “class warfare” is alive and well in the state of California.

-Bill at

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