UC president seeks 8% tuition increase to $12,150 annually

Plan will go to Board of Regents for decision next week

Blaming under-funding by the state, UC President Mark Yudof is proposing raising student tuition by 8% and reducing pension benefits for future employees.

The tuition increase, which UC's Board of Regents will vote on at their meeting in San Francisco next week, would come on top of a 32 percent hike that went into effect earlier this year.

If approved, undergraduate fees for California residents would rise to $11,124 annually, or an average of $12,150 when campus-based fees are included.

The fee increase would generate about $180 million in annual revenue, of which nearly $64 million would be set aside for financial aid. That would leave about $116 million to support UC's operating budget, Yudof said at a media briefing and in an open letter to California residents.

"This added revenue will put the university on a footing that allows campuses to reinvest in faculty, expand course offerings, improve academic support and generally begin to recover ground lost last year to crisis," Yudof wrote. "It will ensure the resources needed to maintain excellence."

Yudof also proposed a two-pronged approach to address $21 billion in unfunded liability for the UC system's retiree pension and health care programs.

Current employees and the university would begin to contribute more money to the retirement plan, but there would be no reduction in benefits, he said.

Employees hired after July 1, 2013, would be offered a plan with slightly reduced benefits, a step that would cut costs by 20 percent, Yudof said.

The minimum retirement age for new employees would rise from 50 to 55, and the age to receive maximum benefits would increase from 60 to 65.

The Board of Regents will discuss Yudof's retirement proposal next week and vote on it in December.

Yudof, who has headed the UC system for 2.5 years, acknowledged that his ongoing effort to raise fees, cut programs, and impose furloughs and layoffs "is not an agenda for anyone seeking to win a popularity contest, but so be it."


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Posted by AVParent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Why is it my children's tuition is being raised so more people can pay less? It's the classic California income redistribution.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I do believe that tuition costs need to rise at the UC and State Colleges in order to keep quality standards. And I do feel bad for families that are having difficulty meeting expenses. But at the same time, I am appalled at what I see happening in the case of "financial aid". It's very interesting that some parents choose NOT to put aside savings toward the costs of their child's education - yet have plenty of disposable income to provide for beautiful cars, huge houses and fabulous vacations for these same children. I believe the amount of financial aid that is being given is excessive for many students.....I AM NOT REFERRING TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE A REAL NEED.... I'm talking about students who are provided more aid than their actual costs. They are able to use the extra money for whatever other living expenses they choose. There is something wrong with that formula. I believe there's a lack of responsibility on the part of many families to prioritize savings for their child's education. A parent knows for 18 years that their child is going to go to college. Yet they continue to spend on fabulous luxuries that depletes their income. I actually know people who have admitted to spending all their funds intentionally so that their bank account shows zero or insignificant savings so that their child can qualify for the maximum amount of financial aid. THIS IS WRONG. I, like many parents, have saved for 18 years in order to pay the tuition and it's rising for us too. But we're not expecting a free ride from the government or other citizens. I pay the total amount of my child's tuition and expenses - yet his friend is on a complete full ride at the same school. Both families have similar jobs but one family saved and the other family spent. Again, I'm not just speculating with my opinion.....I've seen it first hand. I know that education is hugely expensive - but parent's and students need to have a vested role in the cost too.

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Posted by GX
a resident of Foothill High School
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

GX is a registered user.

Don't forget that tuition is also being raised to support the current unsustainable levels of salary/retirement benefits. This is just one more example of many where citizens are paying more for services so that public servants can maintain compensation that was set in better times. We taxpayers have adjusted to the new economic reality but public servants are kicking and dragging their feet so they don't have to do the same.

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Posted by Mother of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:58 am

This is another reason for the seniors to continue to apply to out of state schools. It's amazing how many are applying out of state this year.

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Posted by Sucker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

The CURRENT increases are strictly because UC & CSU employess have NOT for decades contributed to their own all us private people do. All was exposed last year. Thus these several tuition increases. ALSO, if you listen to every news word of this week's increase and the increases in last 2 years, 'part of the tuition increase is for more financial aid to poor'. Any person with half a brain should be able to grasp that this higher tuition then makes it MORE impossible for middle-class students to attend at all. So the number of students will not increase, just that 'more poor & minorities' will be GIVEN opportunities AT THE EXPENSE & ELIMINATION of MIDDLE-class students " is that FAIR to THOSE STUDENTS who can't make it happen,whose parents are taxpayers. It IS true REdistribution and, ILLEGAL 'PREFERENCES'. 50 YEARS AGO, ANY CAifornian who had the grades and INTEREST was could attend. Once the PREFERENCES and picking and choosing started 30 yrs ago, it has become UNfair, twisted, convoluted, and too expensive for middle-class. Athletes, rich, poor, minorites, upper middle-class, can go, average middle-class taxpaying families cannot. Oh, I forgot females can choose to make themselves a single mom with 2 babes and not only get tuition , but free child care, and living expensess as well...not producing anything for GDP, majoring in social-welfare services ! AND have wealthy parents. Ca has the greatest legislature ! SO, TUITION increases are because of ROYAL PUBLIC unions who did not contribute to their retirement like we do, and UNIV ADMINISTRATIONs who do social REengineering, and financial REstructuting.

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Posted by Sucker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

Resident, you say "I am not referring to STUDENTS who have real need". So, shouldn't it be about the 'student'. Why are some given preferences? Shouldn't a middle-class white male STUDENT with a good grade average who wants to study a serious subject, but whose parents suffered serious losses & cutbacks last year, be given EQUAL consideration to a minority or poor student. That's IF it's about the 'STUDENT' and equal grades? Either it's financially possible or it isn' how do you define 'need'? Also, I'm sick of my taxpayers $$ going to 'AID' government social welfare work, africian STUDIES, 'learning to write government grants', etc. Taxpayer AID should only be allowed for VIABLE subjects and about learning a skill or profession that can provide a paycheck upon graduation, thus getting off the free-ride and becoming a genuine 'contributor' to society. So, if NEED PREVENTS a student from ATTENDING, grades and MAJOR should be the next determinent, not degree of need.

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Posted by curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

$12,000 is a bargain, where do I sign up. Compared to out of state tuition CA schools are a steal. One of mine ended up out of state becausae at a mere 3.8 gpa, could not get into one of the 3 UC's of choice. So instead of $12,000 its now $40,000 plus per year. Can't wait to get out of this silly state.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I think that the reason that tuition continues to increase is because of secret deals that the Board of Regents have made. They are making out like champs...thank you very much! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

I hope all those who voiced opinions about the sad state of affairs in California voted last week. I know I did, but to no avail. As long as public sector unions control the state budget (yes, think pensions in particular), education will suffer.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

The tuition increase has nothing to do with pensions. It is all about how the Board of Regents have out slicked the public. Members of the Board are making mega bucks at the expense of students.

Eventually, the folks that would pay for the Boards greed are the students and their families.

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