Monday, October 16, 2000
Chuck McFadden (510) 987-9193


By not raising student fees for six consecutive years, the University of California is bucking a national trend, according to a survey released today by the College Board.

The survey shows college fees and tuition increased by an average of 4.4 percent at public four-year institutions nationally this year, with students paying $148 more annually in academic 2000-2001 than they had the previous year.

By contrast, UC's mandatory systemwide student fees did not increase for the sixth year in a row because of funds provided in the 2000-2001 state budget. In fact, these fees for resident undergraduates decreased a total of 10 percent during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 years, and fees for resident graduate academic students were reduced 5 percent in 1999-2000, thanks to state funding.

In a separate tabulation, UC is one of only nine surveyed land-grant institutions nationwide to avoid increases in student fees in academic 2000-2001, according to figures from the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

The association extrapolated fee data for its members from the larger College Board survey. The NASULGC survey included a mixture of 73 member university systems as well as individual campuses.

"The College Board figures point up the fact that the University of California continues to provide a superior education at extremely low fees because of the generosity of the governor, the Legislature and the people of California," UC President Richard C. Atkinson said.

Mandatory systemwide student fees at UC in 2000-01 total $3,429 for resident undergraduates. With the inclusion of campus-based miscellaneous fees, the average total for resident undergraduates is $3,964. This figure is more than $1,200 below the average of fees charged at the four public universities around the nation (Illinois, Michigan, SUNY and Virginia) that UC uses for fee-comparison purposes. The average at those institutions is $5,243.

Mandatory systemwide fees for resident graduate academic students at UC total $3,609 in 2000-01. The total including campus-based miscellaneous fees averages $4,747. This figure is more than $2,100 below the average of the comparison group ($6,887).

Additionally, the 2000-01 state budget provides funds to make summer fees equivalent with the rest of the academic year, beginning next summer. Historically, summer fees have been higher than the rest of the year because the state has not provided financial support for summer instruction.

The other NASULGC institutions that avoided student fee increases are the California State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, City University of New York, State University of New York, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and the University of Wisconsin system.

The College Board reported that more than $68 billion in total aid from federal, state, and institutional sources was available to students and their families in 1999-2000, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year after adjusting for inflation.

In California, an expansion of the existing Cal Grant program guarantees college financial aid awards to graduating high school seniors and other students who meet the program eligibility requirements. Students can begin applying for the Cal Grant programs as early as January 1, 2001.

The College Board report is available on the Web at

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