FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 18, 2002
UC raises non-resident tuition to help fund K-12 outreach
and employee health benefits
The University of California Board of Regents voted today
(July 18) to increase nonresident tuition for the 2002-2003
academic year. At this point, California resident fees are
not expected to rise in the new academic year, making it the
eighth consecutive year that mandatory systemwide student
fees have not increased.
The university’s original budget for 2002-03 anticipated
a 4 percent nonresident tuition increase in fall 2002. However,
with California’s state budget shortfall threatening
the continuation of several university programs, the Legislature’s
budget conference committee proposed an additional 6 percent
increase in undergraduate nonresident tuition, for a total
increase of 10 percent beginning with the fall term.
The increase in nonresident tuition will help preserve funding
for important UC outreach efforts to K-12 students, including
such programs as School-University Partnerships, Central Valley
Outreach, Urban School Collaborative and others.
Additionally, the Regents had expressed concerns about UC’s
ability to meet the rising cost of providing health benefits
to its employees under the new state budget. Undergraduate
nonresident tuition will increase by another 6 percent in
spring 2003 as one of a number of strategies to help fund
UC employee health benefits.
Nonresident tuition for graduate students will be limited
to a 4 percent increase, effective with the fall term.
In all, nonresident undergraduate tuition will rise $1,305
for the 2002-03 academic year, from $10,704 to $12,009. The
increase for nonresident graduate students will be $428, from
$10,704 to $11,132. Nonresident students also pay the Registration
and Educational Fees.
UC’s total nonresident fees for undergraduates are
expected to be about $594 less than the estimated average
of total fees charged at four public institutions used for
fee-comparison purposes (Illinois, Michigan, SUNY and Virginia.)
Total fees for nonresident graduate students are expected
to be about $869 below the same group’s average.
UC sets nonresident tuition consistent with a state policy
that ties tuition levels to the actual cost of instruction
and to the nonresident charges of its comparison institutions.