Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UCD’s tuition highest among Western public schools

From page A1 | July 06, 2014 |

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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Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter.

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  • Jim LeonardJuly 05, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    Affordable housing at U.C. Davis is being torn down and not replaced. More corporate monies are poring into U.C.Davis than ever before. A "privately funded" "3rd U.C. D. campus" is being funded and a privately funded "World Food Center" is being placed on it. U.C. Davis has the highest tuition rates? No surprise. Might we expect all of U.C. Davis to be sold off, to become a valley version of Stanford? I wouldn't be so amazed if that happened.

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  • Greg JohnsonJuly 05, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    I share your outrage Jim. UCD has become a prime example of the education-industrial complex. Fees are way up, and learning is way down. They charge students somewhere around $1300/month for room and board in a walk-in closet in the freshman dorms. It has become a country club funded by government, i.e. taxpayer, money, a lot of which will never be paid back. I used to believe the UC system was the greatest ever in public education. Now, I wouldn't give them a dime, even if I was a billionaire.

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  • hobo on oboeJuly 06, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Funny Jim, you lament the loss of affordable housing on campus yet you have worked tirelessly over many years to stop housing from getting built in town thus driving up rents for students overall.

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  • DiannaJuly 06, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    I think the point Hobo-is that UC Davis is refusing to build affordable housing, on campus for its students. There is cheaper housing available in the city. What graduate student or undergrad could afford to live in the new energy efficient housing, without taking out loans?

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  • hobo on oboeJuly 06, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    The cost of new construction is driving up the cost of housing. It isn't just energy efficiency its also building codes requiring sprinklers and other safety features. I don't have a problem with students living in the community if it saves them money or for any other reason. If we built more new housing then it would help keep rents down on older housing. The problem on campus is not so much the new housing its the removal of the old housing. Ours is a supply problem not so much a demand problem.

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  • j. murphyJuly 06, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Exactly what evidence do you have that learning is way down? And the only way students can (and do) live cheaper is in houses that accommodate 4-5 students. There's no question that tuition is up, but are you all willing to pay additional taxes? Complaining about tuition without advocating for more public support is just hypocritical. And the new 'country club'? The public didn't pay for that - probably similar to a lot of their parents attitudes, students a few years ago figured it was okay to build something that future generations of students could pay for.

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  • Greg JohnsonJuly 06, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    I've talked extensively to thousands of UCD students over the past 23 years. How does that compare to your personal experience? Maybe part of the problem is that education spending is 13 percent down in adjusted dollars since the 80s while spending in the corrections system is up some 400 plus percent. I don't think raising taxes is the answer since we already are number one in that category (probably the only thing we're leading in) and have sealed our fate of failure by being the least business friendly state in the union.

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  • hobo on oboeJuly 06, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Number one on which tax? We are a high tax state but by no means number 1 overall.

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  • Rich RifkinJuly 06, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    "We are a high tax state but by no means number 1 overall." .......... You are right. We are No. 2. According to a March 19, 2014 CBS News report ("What U.S. states have the highest and lowest taxes?"), New York is the one state with a higher overall tax burden than California. Here is the list of the 10 states with the highest average annual tax burden per capita: 1. New York, $9,718; 2. California, $9,509; 3. Nebraska, $9,450; 4. Connecticut, $9,099; 5. Illinois, $9,006; 6. Wisconsin, $8,975; 7. Vermont, $8,838; 8. New Jersey, $8,830; 9. Iowa, $8,788; and 10. Maine, $8,622. .............. Look what happens if you move from California to Nevada. Here are the 10 lowest: 1. Wyoming, $2,365; 2. Alaska, $2,791; 3. Nevada, $3,370; 4. Florida, $3,648; 5. South Dakota, $3,766; 6. Washington (state), $3,823; 7. Texas, $5,193; 8. Delaware, $5,195; 9. North Dakota, $5,588; and 10. New Mexico, $5,822.

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  • ML1999July 07, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    Greg, thank former Gov Gray Davis for the massive increase in prison guard salaries. BTW, who gave Mr. Davis millions of dollars to run for Governor? Bingo! So we have the salary increase, and the rich pensions where they can retire at 50. Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona houses prisoners in canvas tents, a much more cost effective alternative for non-violent criminals.

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