UC’s to Raise Tuition by 10 Percent

With California’s unemployment rate over 10%, how can Californians afford tuition which is still rising MUCH faster than inflation? We will probably see what is happening in New York, UC students will choose the State University system to save money. Private colleges, such as St. Mary’s College of California, have an opportunity to gain (St. Mary’s of CA is only raising their tuition by 2%). The last will be more students attending California’s Community Colleges for two years to save money.

Facing a significant budget shortfall, the University of California plans to increase tuition at its 10 campuses by nearly 10 percent by July, in time for the summer session.

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55 Responses to “UC’s to Raise Tuition by 10 Percent”


  1. 1 Nikolas Bunton March 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Just what we need, even higher tuition fees. In a period of recession and unemployment, the last thing our nation needs to be doing is putting MORE money into the already overpriced university fees. On the other hand, the state of California is steadily nearing bankruptcy. Perhaps pumping more money into our government via tuition would stimulate our economy more than it would hinder the wallets of Californians. Either way, this rise in UC tuitions is making two years at a community college seem a lot more money-efficient.

  2. 2 Ricardo Olmos March 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    I dont see how raising the tution rates for the UC and private education systems will benifit the ecomomy. In the long run less people will enroll due to price increase. In the short run current student will have to grow deeper in to long term loans. The president should do something to help out students with paying shcool, doesnt matter if they need financial or educational help. This will only cause more students to attend community colleges and state schools becasue it saves them money. Communtiy and public schools will leed to overcouding and impacted majors. In the end it will just make the government grow deeper in debt. New increses will affect students like myself that will be transfering soon to private or UC shchools.

  3. 3 Sherri Brown t/th Econ 101 March 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    This is unbelivable that their going to raise tution for colleges when people cant even afford it at the price it is now.Many students that attend universitys have college loans which only allow a certain amount. If cost of tution rises nobody even going to be able to get a loan for school . When more students are going to turn to jc just to save money . But it might cause an overflow and only allow a certain number of people to attend school. Our economy is struggling already raising tution is just giving us all less hope to succed .

  4. 4 Audrey Hepburn March 11, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    I do not understand how raising tuition will help the economy. By raising the tuition of schools will make more students go to two year colleges. If students do go to college with higher tuition they will have to take out loans and be in more debt when they graduate college. The state needs to give breaks to college students. Many students are struggling enough as it is and by raising tuition creates more problems for students and their families trying to help them out. I understand tuition could help but not for long term effects. Raising tuition will help for a while but as Californians lose money by paying for college they will not spend as much money on consumer goods that would help the economy more.

  5. 5 NVC Storm March 11, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    I can’t believe that there is going to be a tuition raise. We are in a period of recession and unemployment; now we have to come up with more money to get an education. I am so glad I chose to go to a community college before moving on to a four year. One reason is I’m preparing myself for the academic load at a four year and I am saving a plethora of money in doing so. Raising tuition is making it a lot harder for some people to succeed in this world, we need to figure out our economy dilemma.

  6. 6 Andrew Curry March 11, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    i feel that is is ridiculous to think they can raise tuition even higher! it is already ridiculously expensive to attent a UC as it is now. a 10% hike on tuition will mean many students wont be able to pay for college so there will either be an increase in student loans or there will be a decrease in attendnce of UCs. lets find out

  7. 7 quiche March 11, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    At a time like this raising the tuition by 10 percent is not going to help the economy grow but it will hurt people that don’t have sufficient funds for UC’s. Most parents and independent students have trouble paying the college money and raising will make them apply for loans and banks can’t even lend out money because they are broke too! How are we going to boost our education and transfer community college students to UC’s if the tuition will go up. The government is contradicting boosting up our education and raising the price we can’t even afford right now.

  8. 8 Rachel Sturm March 11, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    I dont understand how the UC systems can continue to raise the tuition fees. It seems almost as though they are punishing the students that worked hard to get into the college. How can a college education in Europe be almost free and in the US, a world power, hardly anyone can afford it anymore.
    Even with scholarships, the 10% increase will hit hard. with the economy in a downfall, students are having a hard enough time finding a job let alone trying to get a loan. I think that the Universities are basically dooming the future of this country by increasing the tuition fees during a recession. Let people will be going to the UCs for the simple fact that there is NO way to pay for it.

  9. 9 Khaled Aboudamous March 11, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Tuition for Uc’s is already very high. Most avid students attend a local community college the first few years to save money for living, and other expenses. To increase the tuition by 10% will mean over crowding of JC’s. It makes no sense to raise tuition with the recession we are in. There are decreasing jobs out there let alone loans for students to take part in. It seems to make sense to me that more people attend college during bad economic times because the job opportunity decreases, therefore less money to go around. PEOPLE DONT HAVE IT ANYMORE!!!

  10. 10 O'King Kole March 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    All is true on how college tuition is extremely expensive. Furthermore it is understandable on how the school systems need money (like most places), however their timing could not come at a worse time. Although more people are going back to school because of the lay off and to help earn higher pay, people still have less money than before the recession and by increasing the price of tuition would only push people away from going to UC and to less expensive ones like community colleges. Now is not the time to be rising the prices as people are more encourage to hold on to their money than to spend it. The UC system should find another solution in how to raise revenue like fund raisers rather than increasing prices when money is so scares.

  11. 11 janeth f. March 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    I really don’t understand why UC’s are raising their tuition. If were losing jobs and not earning enough, why would they do this? I mean its not bad if students attend community colleges but for those who set their whole lives in attending a UC, its going to be tough. And what’s going to happen to those who are already attending a UC? They might have to take out loans and in this economy, I don’t think it would be a good idea.

  12. 12 Kit t Kat March 12, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    This sucks especially since I plan on transferring in the near future. This tuition increase will defiantly burden people who already are financial strapped due to the economy’s downfall. This might even deter some students from attending Universities completely. I hear some ASB particaptents will be voicing their views on this issue in Sacramento soon.

  13. 13 Samantha Arnold March 13, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Why would UC’s want to do this raise tuition when a recession is going on and many people are losing their jobs. College is expensive enough! We say that we are the future and we are the people that are going to be running this country well i feel as though this is just dicouraging kids to going to college!

  14. 14 Michael Huddleston March 13, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Perhaps if the government helped out students and education facilities more instead of yoga and cable tv for prisoners than maybe the colleges wouldn’t have to increase tuition. I think we will see more of these (damn) hybrid/online classes (no offense Mr.Balassi) because it is cheaper for the univeristy’s.

  15. 15 BeuWolf March 14, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Anybody remember the article of how the government spends 5x’s on the prison system vs. education? Most students live at home with there parents, both student and parents take out loans, AND still have a hard time making it all happen.With the UC’s raising tuition even more, it’ll just discourage students even more not to continue on.

  16. 16 nancy moussa March 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    I do not think that that it is a good idea to raisethe tution fees for UC’S. Many students are already unable to afford going to college. I don’t think that this decession will help the economey at all. If the prices are raised more loans will have to be taken out, and it would leave many students discouraged, leaving them with no drive to continue their education.

  17. 17 Lucas Tirelli March 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Such a raise will definitely stop many students to attend college. It will simply be unaffordable for many, or seen as a waste of money for others, since they could get a part time job at least. Furthermore, this increase in price will not help the economy, since people will spend less money and start saving once more. On the other hand, if tuitions fees were to go down, people would spend more money on other goods and services, which would actually help the economy much more.

  18. 18 Houck24 March 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    I dont know why anyone would even bother going to a UC with the ridiculous their ridiculous prices. I think that there will be a huge increase in students attending local community colleges because you can receive the same education and degree for thousands of dollars less and most students will then transfer to a CSU instead of a UC. College shouldnt be so expensive, especially with the economic state that the country is in.

  19. 19 jenna s March 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    This increase in tuition is not helping California’s economic position. This increase will only raise the unemployment rate here in California. California will lose these students and their families to other states. On the other hand, this will allow more community colleges and private colleges to increase their student enrollment. This is probably a good thing for St. Mary’s, who has seen a sudden decrease in students because of the economic downturn and high tuition costs. By raising the tuition, California is keeping students out of school. California benefits from the intellectual capital of its residents. If students do not go to school, the state will lose its innovative and creative edge.

  20. 20 Wordtown March 16, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Trying to enroll into a UC is already hard enough. Raising the cost for tuition is only going to make it harder to attend. Not only will you need to meet the grade requirement, but now you’ll need to bump up your expense for that UC. The system is making it harder for students to attend a UC.

  21. 21 woltom March 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    I don’t hink that raising the tuition fees is going to be a good thing for our economy. We are already struggling as it as, and many students can’t afford to go to college in the first place. I think its sad that ca charges so much for school, and now to rais the price. How do they exspect people to succeed?

  22. 22 Claudio Ramirez March 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    I guess when it rains it pours. Its amazing how during a time of economic turmoil and unemployment the highest it has been in over 25 years, the universities systems are still going to raise their tuition. It is already expensive as is and all your going to see is over-crowded community colleges, an increase in drop-outs and an increase in unpayable student loans. Like I said, when it rains it pours.

  23. 23 DIONICIO ARECHIGA March 17, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    I
    don’t think that tuition should be increased as of right now I pay about 600 A year and 10 % percent of that is 60 with sixty dollars I could have gas for 3 weeks, take an extra class ,go out for lunch for month. What I’m trying to say is that sixty dollars is a lot of money to just be taken from me, because everything is still going to remain the same.

  24. 24 btorres March 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    increasing tutions fee in uc universities are not good because many people cannot afford colleges classes now. If they increase tution fee many students would not attend to uc universities. Many students will not be able to reach their dreams in getting hihger education.

  25. 25 Melissa Schmitt March 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    This is good for private schools and state schools because more people will want to attend them for having lower tuition. Community colleges will also have an increase in enrollment to save money. The UC need to find a way to encourage attendance and to explain to the public why they are raising the tuition so that people will not be discouraged to attend. At the same time, UC berkeley and UC LA are two of the nations best schools so the raise in tuition will not affect people’s wants to enroll.

  26. 26 Samantha Madnick March 18, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    I dont think it is a good idea to raise the prices of tutuion. I can hardly afford a JC let alone a UC. We need to find a balance between all of this stuff. I want to go to school and get a good education and job. But I cant if I cant afford it!

  27. 27 Frank March 18, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    This is bad, especially right now with the times we are going through. All this is going to result in is more uneducated people, and more students in debt. And it says that private colleges will only raise costs by 2 % which is still a lot considering how expensive it already is.

  28. 28 Gaby Corona March 19, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Tuition for UC’s is already high. Increasing the tuition will make it even more difficult for many students to attend UC’s. Not only will we have to worry about having the grade point average required to be accepted, but we will have to worry about having enough money as well. Scholarships and financial aid wont be enough to be able to afford to attend for many students. I think that the tuition for UC’s should not increase.

  29. 29 quique March 19, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Why are colleges raising their tuition when people are losing their jobs and people don’t have money to spend already and then they want to go and increase the tuition. It is ridiculous. If the nation wants their youth to go to college they should make it easier for them to go to school.

  30. 30 Genine Lobo March 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Most college always raises their tuition, but a raise of 10% will be extremely difficult for many California families. UC’s have been known to be great schools which are far more affordable than private universities. As a previous commenter said, this will probably cause a great increase in junior colleges, which may not be a good fit for some of these students. It is very said to see that because of this recession, education is being so greatly affected.

  31. 31 Tanisha Econ101/Tuesdays March 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Great, just what we need! Higher tuition fees. Why? What will raising the tuition of UC’s do? This is only going to make students attend state and community colleges… If the unemployed were smart, they would attend school now, to save for school which will in return enable them to make more money in the long run. They should also attend school now to avoid paying higher tuition fees…

  32. 32 lalves April 11, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    It just doesn’t make sense how colleges can raise tuition by ten percent. I can understand one or two percent to account for raise in living standards and inflation, but ten percent seems to be outrageous. It makes me wonder why the UC’s need to raise tuition by such an extreme amount. Where is this extra money going to go? In addition, it seems like in the end UC’s will not make anymore money than before because less students will demand UC’s at the increased price.

  33. 33 Leonardo Sanchez ECON 101 April 29, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    The rise in tuition fees may be a part A plan to help our state of California to get back onto there way of life. Yes it may be

    expensive but a UC was never cheap in the first place. It is a positive and negative in our society. For example less people

    will want to get an education by a UC and will want to transfer to a State like S.F State. But it will also help our community

    colleges that also may need people to go here for 2 years then a State for another 2 years.

  34. 34 Tom Jones May 5, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    How can familys that can barely pay for monthly housing and utility payments be able to help there kids out with tuition. Also how could a kid want to apply for loans, knowing oce they got out of college they would have to repay that amount plus interest. As colleges raise there tuition and unemployment continues to grow, I believe majority of the students will opt to attend a Community College to save money. I guess some universitys have to increase tuition to meet there quota but how can people pay the requested amount unemployed.

  35. 35 Matthew Dimech Econ-101 May 5, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    It’s a shame. Being a Junior College student, it just flat out dissapoints me that UC’s would do this. To me, it doesn’t make sense. Ok your raising prices, congradulations. What do you receive from that? Less tuition and more striving students having to degrade their hard work by going to less credited college i.e. Hayward State whos tuition is in fact up.

  36. 36 Kelli C May 7, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    How colleges think that people can afford these tuitions I don’t know. I think it is a bad idea UC’s raising tuition by 10 percent. It is high enough as it is and all its going to do is increase the amount of financial aid students need to go there. I don’t believe it will help our economy and defintely won’t help people who have lost their jobs and at the same time trying to send their children to school. Less students will be able to afford college and be forced to go to a community college or not go to school at all.

  37. 37 Hyo Kim May 11, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    In a short term, they will make more profit from the current student, but as a long term,. there will be less people who tends to study in the California due to the higher tutition fees.

  38. 38 Andrew May 12, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    This is something that is rather unfortunate. People will be more likely to flock to community colleges and take AP credits in high school to try to skip over some semesters when heading to a university. This will cause an increase in the amount of transfer students instead of 4 year students because Community College will be so much cheaper.

  39. 39 Lucy Hwang May 13, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    I can’t believe UC made such a stupid decison like that! For what? For who? In this time? bad bad bad decision. Not just for the students but the UC’s fame, too.

  40. 40 Jim Castilone May 14, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    First, I think that Saint Mary’s does not have much room to raise their tuition from year to year because how high it is in the first place. Second, it is so unfortunate that CSUs are raising their tuition by so much. California has such an inexpensive public college system. I would hate for less people to go to college because CSUs are too expensive.

  41. 41 Courtney G. May 14, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    It is very unfortunate that UC’s are raising their tuition. It is bad times right now and people cannot afford to attend college in the first place with the original prices.

    But people will still attend the UC’s even with their price increase. Community colleges and state colleges will also see a big increase in their enrollment because people can’t afford to attend the UC’s.

  42. 42 tmt2 May 14, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Even if a UC raises its tuition, to some it is still more affordable than private schools. I think this is what is affecting how many students are attending Community Colleges because they are finding it more affordable.

  43. 43 tlr7 May 15, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    I feel like that is just ridiculous, raising tuition in such a time where money is scarce for so many families. I understand that colleges do need this money, but who do they expect can afford these steep raising prices of these Colleges. It seems easier almost, that instead of attending a school like University of California to attend a school whos not increasing their tuition as high, and to go to cheaper schools

  44. 44 Kevin Clark St marys May 15, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    I see no problem with this. If the UC system feels as if they are not getting enough funds then they will act accordingly to allow them to do so. This will also increase the enrollment at the community college and state college levels which im all for as well. As the new generation of students poor into the work force a lot of degrees from CA will be from the CC and CSU system leaving the UC and private schools degrees looking that much more tempting. However i feel that eventually the UC system will have to lower thier tuition if the market price stays relatively stable at the other colleges. Unless everyone else rises their prices the UC will lower theirs

  45. 45 Jerry Ellison May 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    It’s no wonder that so many kids in California are flocking to the CCs for their first two years of college. How the hell are people supposed to be able to afford to attend a state school? especially when its tuition is rising faster than the inflation rate. its even worse for out of state students who don’t get in state tuition. especially since University of Washington recently dropped their in state tuition by a buttload. It kind of makes me wish i’d stayed home.

  46. 46 Michelle V May 16, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    This is such a bad idea for UC’s to do because our economy is hurting so much right now that people can’t afford to attend them. This in turn really helps the CC’s because people will be going to get there first two years of college there and be able to save a lot of money. This will also help private schools like Saint Mary’s who increased there tuition by a much smaller percentage. Considering our economic times the UC’s should have really reconsidered the rate they wanted to increase their tuition by.

  47. 47 Walter Munill May 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    UC’s are prestigious universities to attend so it is easy to see why they raise prices during a recession. They turn away a huge number of qualified students yearly. If they are in trouble and may have to lay some workers off, they prefer to raise prices instead because they can get away with it and still get a large number of people to apply to attend.

  48. 48 Simon Kudus May 17, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Ten percent is the highest tuition should be raise and I still think that is too much because if you attend a four year school it’s a sad thought that you’re tuition will be raised thirty percent by your senior year. I know private schools that automatically increase there tuition ten percent every year.

  49. 49 Britany Linton May 19, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    I think tuition raising at such a high rate over this economic crisis is one of the worst ideas ever. We are trying to build up our economy and make it stronger. Why are we raising prices of things important such as college when the people cant pay? If you think about it in the long run, we are only hurting ourselves. If people can’t afford to go to college then they will only graduate from high shcool and then our society will be made up of young students that only have a high school education. The United States will be seen as even less intelligent than we are already looked at. I dont want to be apart of a country like that.

  50. 50 Stephen Cassinelli May 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    With our current status in the economy, how could any pay or want to pay an increase of ten percent in tuition for UC schools. I do not think this is a smart move by the UC system, however people are going to continue to pay this increase to receive an education. However, for those who think this is outrageous like i do might find some comfort in either a state school or community college who have way more affordable price ranges than UC’s. To comment on the private school system, even though they are not raising tuition by a high percentage, the tuition for private colleges surpass many of the UC’s who are going to raise their tuition’s.

  51. 51 Mva89 May 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    a ten percent raise is absolutely ridiculous. College is already too expensive for a lot of people, and now they are going to raise it even further? I understand if it would be raised by 1-2 percent because of inflation or increase in costs, but ten percent is unheard of. Soon its going to be too expensive for people to attend college and get an education, how is this going to benefit the society and economy? they are contributing to a decrease in human capital.

  52. 52 stacey smarker August 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Of course you are going to see a draw back if the rates are raised. I dont think that the education should go up, if it is elementary school they need that one on one attention vers the colleges that only need one teacher for 100 students in a lecture class. It is all the same education not mater where you learn it just differnt sizes classes. This should be a problem for the UC system because they can house more students. However they should cut back in the new freshmesn that they will be taking.

  53. 53 E. Speizer August 5, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    The higher tuition fees are fine with me. With all the budget cuts that are already occurring, these universities need money from somewhere to keep their classes going. And if you cannot afford four years at a UC school, instead go to a community college for two years and save some money. I think the higher tuitions are acceptable.

  54. 54 Nicole Hernandez November 17, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Its unbelievable that in times when the economy is down, the UC system decides to increase tuition costs. In these times its difficult enough for many students to afford school and now they want to raise tuition costs? In addition, there will be an increase in community college enrollments and private colleges here in California. Many people work hard enough to get an education, but with the tuition increase, students will have to work harder.

  55. 55 TTS06 December 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Its good that they raise the tuition prices for students who are serious it raises competition level to get into the colleges.


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