Regents approve CSU student fee hikes
By Matt Wynkoop, Bay City News Service
March 15, 2007
Fees for undergraduate and graduate students at the University
of California are set to increase by 7 percent within a few months,
the university's board of regents announced.
The fee increase will go into effect starting summer 2007 and
was approved by a vote of 13 to 6 during a meeting at the University
of California, Los Angeles, on Wednesday.
The 7 percent fee hike will translate to a $435 increase for
undergraduates who meet the university's criteria for California
resident status and a $483 increase for resident graduate students,
the university reported.
Professional school fees will also increase, with increases of
an average of 10 percent slated for University of California law
and business schools.
Officials for the university reported that the fee increases
are consistent with those recognized in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's
2007-2008 state budget as well as with the university's recent
provision for annual tuition increases.
University officials said Schwarzenegger's recent budget proposal
calls for a $16 million increase in Cal Grant awards to offset
the new fee increases, which the university says will be entirely
covered for "on-time financial aid applicants whose family
incomes are lower than approximately $60,000 per year.''
University officials report that due to an ever-increasing need
for the improvement of mental health services for students, UC
will set aside 43 percent of the revenue generated by the registration
fee's 7 percent increase -- about $4.6 million -- for upkeep and
enhancement of those services.
According to a statement from the university, UC is still suffering
from budget cuts over the past decade along with a continued rise
in operation costs due to inflation and the need to remain competitive
with other California universities.
A short-term $60 surcharge that was approved by the Regents is
also scheduled to be applied to enrolled students beginning in
The undergraduate tuition fee for students without California
residency status will also increase by 5 percent during the 2007-2008
school year, the university reported. Non resident tuition is
expected to rise by $900 by the 2007-2008 school year.
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