The UC Board of Regents will consider increasing annual tuition by $282 and the student-service fee by $54 for University of California students, the 10-campus system announced Wednesday.
That would boost the annual tuition for California students by 2.5 percent to $11,502, and the service fee by 5 percent to $1,128. Out-of-state students would pay an additional $1,330 in tuition each year under the proposal.
If approved, the increase — which would be the first tuition boost since 2011 — would take effect in the fall.
UC officials said the money, in all an additional $88 million, would go back into services for its 252,000 students. The new revenue, they said, would allow campuses to hire more faculty, expand course offerings, increase financial aid and mental-health services and provide greater support for graduate students and teaching assistants.
“UC today educates more California students than ever,” UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said in an e-mail. “We’ve maintained this commitment to California students through severe cuts in state funding and a six-year tuition freeze. This has forced us to do more with less.
“Now we’ve reached the point where it is critical to invest in improving the student experience on campuses and maintaining UC’s academic excellence,” she said.
Two-thirds of California undergraduates on financial aid would be covered on the fee hikes, according to UC officials who called the increase “modest” and necessary.
But to some college students, that extra cost is significant, said Parshan Khosravi, a UCLA graduate student who serves as treasurer for the University of California Student Association.
“I’m a working student,” said Khosravi, previously president of UC Irvine’s undergraduate student body. “I don’t know where to get $300. ...
“The UC system is not getting the support it needs from the state,” said Khosravi, who added that the students hardest hit are from middle-class families not eligible for financial aid. “But at the same time, we’re also seeing the UC unload those costs on the backs of the students.”
In the 23-campus Cal State University system, annual tuition has been frozen at $5,472 since the 2011-12 academic year. In November, trustees approved a $5.8 billion budget that contains a $168 million gap to be either filled with more money from state coffers or a possible $270 annual tuition hike.