SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) University of California students across the state will now see tuition and fees increase at all 10 campuses starting next year.
This after the UC Board of Regents greenlighted a multi-year plan to hike up the price on Thursday. It is the first increase since 2017.
The tuition hike would impact the incoming freshmen for fall 2022. University officials argue the hike is needed to keep the quality of education high and to provide more financial aid to other students.
Opponents say it will be a "forever hike" and that it puts an unfair burden on low-income families. Students tried to urge the board to reject the increase, which amounts to over $500 more for in-state undergraduates enrolling fall of next year.
It will bring the base tuition and fees to over $13,000 a year.
People took to Twitter expressing their frustrations, with one person tweeting, "Wohooo UC tuition increased as if I wasn’t poor already."
The UC president's office said the tuition and fees at Virginia, Illinois and Michigan public universities average around $17,000 a year, with far greater increases in the past than the UC.
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University officials say they need tuition increases to provide a quality education. Student groups oppose the increases as an unfair burden on low-income families. But UC officials say tuition increases will generate more financial aid for all but the wealthiest families.
If approved Thursday, new in-state undergraduates enrolling in fall 2022 would pay $534 more, bringing base tuition and fees to just over $13,000 a year. They would pay the same amount for up to six years, which officials say provides stability.