UC Davis owned the 15th-highest tuition and required fees — amounting to $13,877 — among four-year public universities in 2012-13, according to U.S. Department of Education figures released last week.
UCD’s tuition ranked highest among state schools west of the Mississippi River, but the campus fared much better once financial aid was added into the equation. The national average for tuition charged by four-year public universities was $7,407.
The highest tuition among publics in the annual survey: $16,590 at the University of Pittsburgh — one of seven Pennsylvania schools among the top 14.
UC Santa Barbara had the second-highest tuition among California public universities, at $13,671, the 18th highest nationally.
The Davis campus has in recent years been the most expensive of the University of California campuses because of its student-approved fees, like those that help support intercollegiate athletics.
UCD ranked 123rd among four-year publics in net price.
The Department of Education calculated net price using 2011-12 figures. It did so by subtracting the average amount of financial aid from required tuition and fees, the cost of books and supplies and weighted average for housing and other expenses minus the average amount of financial aid.
That equaled $14,877 for UCD, which saw 73 percent of its students receive financial aid in 2011-12.
Miami University of Ohio ranked first in net price among four-year publics, at $24,674.
The UC and California State University systems have pledged not to increase tuition for a third straight year as part of a deal made in 2013 with Gov. Jerry Brown. In return, the systems will receive modest increases in funding.
The budget Brown signed in June increases UC’s state general fund allocation by $142 million.
UCD estimates that for 2014-15, the price tag for in-state students — before financial aid — will be $31,816: $13,896 for tuition and fees, $1,560 for books and supplies, $14,218 for on-campus room and board, $1,522 for personal expenses and $620 for transportation. Health insurance will cost an additional $1,869.
UC students who qualify for financial aid and whose annual family incomes total less than $80,000 per year benefit from the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. It covers tuition and fees.
This school year, UCD built on Blue and Gold with its own Aggie Grant Plan. It awards about $3,000 annually to students whose family incomes fall between $80,000 and $120,000.
Starting this fall, California students whose families earn up to $150,000 will qualify for the state’s new Middle Class Scholarship for UC or CSU campuses.
Qualifying students with family incomes up to $100,000 will receive up to 14 percent of systemwide mandatory tuition and fees, a percentage set to increase to 30 percent by 2016-17. Those family incomes of between $100,000 and $150,000 will receive no less than 10 percent of tuition and fees.
During the Campaign for UC Davis — the $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which reached its goal last October — the university raised $135 million for student support and created 1,481 new scholarships.
Other new efforts to assist students include:
* The creation of the new Central Valley Scholars Program, a four-year scholarship, mentorship and internship program pairing Central Valley businesses with undergraduate students and the campus’ Internship and Career Center;
* Expansion of the campus’ four-week orientation Special Transitional Enrichment Program by about 50 first-generation low-income students, up from about 185; and
* Increasing the size of the campus’ Transfer Opportunity Program, which aims to smooth the transition for transfer students; it will expand to work with 35 community colleges, up from 21.
Chancellor Linda Katehi said recently that about 53 percent of UCD students receive enough aid to graduate without taking out loans. Sixty-six percent graduate with less than $25,000 in debt, the national average for public universities, she said.
About 44 percent of UCD students receive federal Pell Grants for low-income students.
The state cut more than one-third of UC ’s general fund support beginning in 2007-08. UC and its Board of Regents responded with a series of controversial tuition increases and the Blue and Gold plan — adhering to a so-called high fee/high aid model that leaders said preserved access for low-income students.
UCD’s tuition and fees were $8,925 in 2007-08, before the state cuts began.
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