SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Just as classes were getting underway for the fall semester, the University of California was looking to give students a more accurate financial forecast as they pursue higher education.

Students have seen tuition hikes sometimes twice a year recently, and regents are now considering whether to spread that out a little more consistently. Specifically, they are contemplating whether to impose annual tuition hikes over the next five years – of up to 16%.

That means “basic” tuition could top more than $22,000 in four years, and that doesn’t include books, fees and living expenses.

Still, the exact size of the yearly increase was still very much up in the air, hinging in large part on the amount of state funding UC receives. If recent history was any indication, though, that money was drying up. This year, California cut $650 million, and next winter would likely be worse, unless state revenues improved.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“When I started as chancellor, the state was the number one source of funding. Now, the state ranks fourth and it’s actually a distant fourth,” UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in his annual press briefing before the start of the 2011-2012 school year. “Our challenge now and going forward with a very different financial model is how do we maintain the values of Berkeley, how do we maintain our public character when the public itself has dis-invested in our higher education system?

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Comments (4)
  1. Mike Carpenter says:

    Robert J Birgeneau Chancellor of University of California Berkeley makes instate Californians second class when applying for admission to UC Berkeley. Birgeneau displaces qualified for public university at Cal Californians for $50,600 tuition foreign applicants.

    email opinions to ucboard of regents

  2. Pat says:

    You know, the amount of money that a student ends up paying just for a lousy college education isn’t worth the heart ache, pain and suffering. The cost just for one year at a University is outrageous and criminal. That college degree once you have graduated will only grease the skids for about 3 yrs afterwards. After that, its all up to you and your abilities to make stuff happen in your field.

  3. Milan Moravec says:

    University of California faculty gains pay rises from California’s economy pain
    Democrats, Republicans face mortgage defaults, 19% unemployment (including those forced to work part time and those no longer searching), pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. UC Faculty receives pay increase. No layoff for Faculty, Chancellors during California’s longest deepest recession.
    There is no good reason to raise faculty salaries, tuition, fees when wage concessions are available. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages determine commitment to UC Berkeley, leave for better paying position. The sky above the 10 campuses will not fall.
    It is time for Faculty, Chancellors to get a grip on financial realities.
    No furloughs. UCOP 18% reduction salaries & $50 million cut.
    Chancellors’, 18% cut. Tenured faculty 15% trim.
    Non-Tenured faculty, 10% reduction. Eliminate 100% Academic Senate, Council costs.
    It is especially galling to continue to generously compensate chancellors, faculty while Californians are making financial sacrifices and faculty, chancellor, turnover is the lowest of public universities.
    The message that President Yudof, UC Board of Regent Chair Lansing, UC Berkeley Birgeneau are sending is they have more concern for generously paid chancellors, faculty. The few at the top need to get a grip on economic reality, fairness.
    Email your opinion UC Board of Regents

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