State Budget Plan Proposes To Cut Out Of State UC Students
Three major University of California campuses would reduce their share of overseas and international students, and the UC system would add an additional 6,230 local students next year as part of a new state budget plan that Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders unveiled Friday night.
The state would cover the cost of reducing non-resident students at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego from 22% to 18% over five years starting in fall 2022, which would make room for about 4,500 California students during that time, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.
The lost income for non-resident students, who pay higher tuition fees, amounts to nearly $ 30,000 per student or $ 1.3 billion collectively each year.
The budget also proposes to provide funds to enroll additional California residents in next year’s freshman class. UC’s nine undergraduate campuses will decide how to divide them.
State lawmakers initially suggested reducing the proportion of non-resident freshmen to 10% from the current system average of 19% over the next decade. They said then that the state’s record $ 75 billion surplus presented a rare opportunity to take bold action and open up access to CUs. The system has received a record number of applications for fall 2021 and many are frustrated with the lack of places for qualified students.
Democratic Congressman Phil Ting said “limited resources” have led lawmakers to scale back the plan for now and focus on the three most popular campuses.
UC officials have said they share the goal of enrolling and graduating more California students and have added an additional 19,000 California undergraduates since 2015. However, they opposed the 10% plan. .
“We understand and support the legislature’s goal of providing more opportunities for Californians at UC, although we believe that trying to achieve this by reducing the number of non-resident students will potentially lead to results. unforeseen events, ”the university said in a statement.
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said that when state funding declined, enrolling non-resident students helped offset the tuition fees of California students and provided income to maintain high quality teachers and improve educational programs.
The budget is slated for a vote in the state legislature on Monday, and Newsom will likely sign it before the state’s fiscal year begins on Thursday.