FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002
Michael Reese (510) 987-9179
NEW TUITION EXEMPTION WOULD MAKE UC MORE AFFORDABLE FOR
As a measure to further expand access to a University of
California education, the UC Board of Regents today (Jan.
17) conditionally approved by a 17-5 vote a new tuition exemption
program that will allow certain nonresident students to pay
in-state fees if they have attended at least three years at
and graduated from a California high school.
With the exemption, which was proposed in response to passage
of Assembly Bill 540 (authored by Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh,
D-Los Angeles), eligible students will be exempt from paying
the nonresident tuition fee. In 2001-02, the annual nonresident
tuition fee is $10,704.
"The exemption will make it easier for hard-working,
talented students to attend the University of California,"
said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "The regents'
action today will also keep UC tuition criteria consistent
with the state's policies for the California State University
and California Community College campuses, which will help
reduce confusion for students and parents as they consider
higher education opportunities."
It is estimated that between 200 and 390 currently enrolled
students would be eligible for the new exemption. Some of
these eligible students are undocumented immigrants who have
attended and graduated from California high schools (and must
certify they are taking steps to legalize his or her immigration
status as soon as eligible).
However, many are domestic students who are currently classified
as nonresidents for various reasons. For instance, they may
have attended high school in California, but their parents
did not live here or later moved away before the student enrolled
at a UC campus. Students who left California and established
residency in another state, but are now returning to pursue
graduate studies may also be eligible for the nonresident
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for
the new exemption, regardless of their current class level.
The regents' action aligns UC policy with new state policies
for CSU and the community colleges; these policies were contained
in AB 540 and signed into law last October. However, implementation
at UC is conditioned on the enactment of additional state
legislation limiting UC's liability should the new policy
ever be successfully challenged in the courts.
The governor's 2002-03 budget proposal calls for keeping UC's
in-state fees constant at this year's level, the eighth consecutive
year without an increase. A $428 increase is proposed for
2002-03 nonresident tuition fees.
Program costs to the university are estimated at between
$2.3 million and $4.4 million annually, depending on the exact
number of students who receive the exemption. In the coming
weeks, the university will notify students who are currently
paying nonresident tuition about exemption criteria and the
application process. Additional information will be available
online at www.ucop.edu/sas/sfs/ppolicies.UCTEFAQ/PDF.
The university provides a number of other tuition exemptions
for other groups of students, including children of California
firefighters and law enforcement officers killed on active
duty, members of the military on active duty in California
and their dependents, and Native American graduates of a California
high school operated by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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