Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

Students Will Pay the Price for University of California’s Financial Missteps

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Commentary The Board of Regents of the University of California (UC) recently voted to raise the tuition of students every year for the next five years. So many of Orange County’s parents would love to see their children attend one of this system’s nine excellent campuses. Our community has been blessed in many ways by having UC–Irvine within its borders. But rising tuition costs should not come as a surprise. I served for four years on the Senate’s budget and fiscal review committee’s subcommittee one, which oversees education that the state’s budget funds. Surprisingly, for all the demands that the state legislature puts on the administrators of the UC system, Sacramento only provides 39 percent of its annual budget. Tuition and fees provide for 43 percent of the UC system’s budget, with 18 percent from various revenue sources, such as dormitory room rentals. But things get more disturbing when you …

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