UCLA Students Face Massive 32 Percent Fee Hike

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The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has approved a massive 32% fee hike that will add $2500 to the cost of education, pushing tuition above the $10,000 mark. While still relatively inexpensive when compared to other state university systems, UCLA students have witnessed a three-fold increase in costs over the past decade alone.

Public Ivy

piggy bankThe University of California system is rated as one of the best in the country, with six of its ten campuses considered to be public ivies – including UCLA – a distinction which means students at those schools receive an Ivy League equivalent education for a state university price.

The sharp rise in college costs comes as the California university system contends with an $813 million budget cut brought on by monumental cutbacks to the state budget. California, like the rest of the nation, has been working its way through a sharp economic decline. Unlike most of the rest of the nation, the state’s tax levels are astronomically high with politicians bitterly divided on how to handle the crisis.

UC Regents

A meeting by the University of California Board of Regents was protested by more than two thousand students outside of Campbell Hall, who banged on drums and skirmished with police. Three hours after the votes were cast passing along a 15% mid-year increase and the subsequent 32% increase effective next fall, the last of the board regents was able to leave the area under heavy police escort.

California’s university system has been problem plagued for years, offering free tuition to almost seventy percent of its students who qualify. About thirty percent or 53,000 students across the university system qualify, people whose families earn less than $70,000 per year. Of course, generous aid taxes the system, something the regents are not planning to change.

More Hikes

Other UC schools are expecting to pass along big increases following the UCLA move. Across the country, many other state colleges and universities are considering doing the same in a bid to make up for budget short falls and cover rising expenditures.

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