On July 18, the UC Board of Regents voted to raise the supplemental tuition for most of its graduate school programs by as much as 35 percent.
Taking the brunt of the measure will be the UC system’s four nursing school programs, which will all see tuition increases of 35 percent.
Most of the other programs should face a roughly 10 percent increase, which could amount to $1,500 for some of the more costly programs that the system has to offer.
Some are already re-evaluating future plans in the wake of the news.
“I was strongly considering getting my MBA from a UC,” said Sunny Wong, a recent UC Santa Barbara graduate. “Now I’m leaning toward working a few years to pay back my undergraduate loans first.”
The decisions were granted as requests by the professional programs to either raise their current fee or implement a fee when no fee had previously been required. The fees will be implemented as early as this year, but some programs may see gradual increases annually until 2015.
Student Regent Jonathan Stein and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom voted in opposition of the hike with the remainder of the board voting in favor.
At the same meeting, the UC Board of Regents decided to freeze the cost of tuition for undergraduates for the time being, as long as Proposition 30 passes.
Though Stein has expressed enthusiasm for the undergraduate tuition freeze, his feelings aren’t the same for the graduate school situation.
“How can we expect people to be a public defender or work for the government with a debt load of $150,000?” he said in a July 19 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I just don’t understand that.”
Nevertheless, the initiatives have passed and the effects will soon be felt. Undergraduates will be getting a little room to breathe for the time being; however, the respite may be short-lived.
“This is a matter of all hands on deck. Let’s pull together for the university and for our country,” Gov. Jerry Brown said at a surprise appearance at a meeting following the Board of Regents meeting.
ANDREW POH can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.