The UC Board of Regents voted unanimously in favor of a $60 undergraduate tuition decrease today during a meeting held at UC San Francisco. Total resident tuition will decrease to $12,570 starting Fall 2018.
The $60 rollback is the elimination of a temporary surcharge added Fall 2007 after the UC system lost two class-action lawsuits. After the UC system increased fees for professional students in 2003 despite their contracts stating there would be no increases, the UC system was made to pay $40 million in settlements. According to the July 19 meeting proposal, all of the losses from the lawsuits would be recovered by Fall 2018, so there is no longer a need for the fee.
“I want to recognize our students, alumni, faculty, staff, regents, and friends of the university for their tireless advocacy efforts on behalf of the UC [system],” said UC President Janet Napolitano at yesterday’s meeting. “Your voices were heard and your actions made a real difference in further securing [the] UC [system]’s financial future.”
The Regents also discussed developing a long-term budget plan by hopefully working with the incoming governor and legislature.
Associated Students of UC San Diego Vice President External Affairs Caroline Siegel-Singh and outgoing UC Student Association President Judith Gutierrez gave a presentation on student advocacy efforts calling for the administration to continue including students in budget development.
“It was student advocacy that shift[ed] the narrative towards supporting and funding the UC [system]. Without students, we would be looking into a very different state budget today,” said Gutierrez at the Regents Board meeting today.
Mo Al Elew is the Editor-in-Chief of The Triton. You can follow him @SoloMune.