Tuesday , June 25 2024

UC Merced Students Respond to Proposed Tuition Hike

Students attending UC schools, like UC Merced could soon be spending more for tuition. The UC Regents is expected to vote on Wednesday on a five percent tuition increase every year for the next five years.

Gov. Jerry Brown was unwilling to comment on the topic today in Sacramento.

“I’m not going to discuss university matters on a Sunday. There will be plenty of time and I’ll be available to talk at great length,” Brown said.

Five percent may not sound like much but after five years tuition would jump from $12,192 to an estimated $15,563.

“The costs are already enough and other places like Germany are making tuition free. It’s discouraging to continue my education if it’s still worth it,” Julio Mejia, a freshman at UC Merced said.

UC President Janet Napolitano said Friday they have to raise tuition because of a shortage of funding from the state. But students feel the UC Regents should keep in mind what the increase means for them.

“Just think about how people will spend their lives trying to pay off that debt. It’s already bad enough,” Mejia said.

Tuition does not include the costs of room, board and books. Add that on and some UC students are spending around $30,000 a year for their education.

“I kinda got mad because you know tuition is so expensive and other costs. You know I live on campus so that’s already $13,000,” Viviana Ojda a Sophomore at UC Merced said.

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