UC Proposes First Tuition Increase in 6 Years for More Faculty, Courses and Financial Aid

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University of California Los Angeles students Andrea Flores, left, and Kendall Brown stand among other UCLA students and supporters demonstrating outside the UC Board of Regents meeting where members voted to approve a 32 percent tuition hike on Nov. 19, 2009, in Los Angeles. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)

The University of California unveiled a proposal Wednesday for the first tuition increase in six years, saying booming enrollment growth and reduced state support have left campuses scrambling to pay for more faculty, course offerings, classrooms and financial aid.

Under the proposal, tuition would grow to $11,502 for the 2017-18 school year — a 2.5 percent increase, or $282. The student services fee would increase to $1,128, a $54 increase. But financial aid would cover the increases for two-thirds of the university’s California resident students, who number about 175,500, said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein.

Nonresident undergraduates would face a total increase of $1,668. They would pay the same increases in base tuition and student fees but also a 5 percent hike in their supplemental tuition, which would rise $1,332 —  from $26,682 currently to $28,014 next year.

“We’re at the point where if we don’t do this, if we don’t invest, the quality of education is going to suffer,” Klein said. “We want these students to have the same or better experience than students who came before them.”

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