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The UC system will adopt a tuition stability plan, regarding ASUC officials

In the upcoming fall semester, there will be a UC system-wide shift to the Tuition Stability Plan for new undergraduates.

The plan was approved by UC’s board of trustees in July 2021 and will be in effect for the next five years, according to an academic report. The plan states that tuition for incoming undergraduates entering UC Berkeley will remain at the same price for up to six academic years. Tuition prices will be adjusted between annual cohorts.

“Among other benefits, the UC plan provides incoming students (including freshmen and transfer students) from low-income backgrounds with improved financial aid and affordability while ensuring that their tuition will remain stable until at six years at UC,” UC President’s Office spokesman Ryan King said in an email.

For currently enrolled undergraduates, tuition and system-wide fees are expected to remain unchanged at current rates for the duration of their enrollment up to six academic years, according to the spokesperson. from campus, Adam Ratliff.

On the other hand, tuition and fees for new and continuing graduate students will be adjusted annually for inflation, Ratliff added.

Following the approval of the plan, ASUC officials, including ASUC Vice President of External Affairs, or EAVP, Riya Master, raised concerns.

“If anything, it’s exactly what we were fighting against before in a neatly veiled little pink ribbon bow,” Master said. “Now we don’t even have anything to say for the next five years.”

Many groups of students fall through the cracks of this plan, such as middle-income students, non-resident students and transfer students, according to Master.

This plan is particularly flawed in terms of the impact it will have on transfer students, Master said. Master added that those coming for their final two years of schooling will pay more than students who entered first year, whose tuition will remain unchanged for the duration of their stay at Berkeley.

“You have students in the same grades, the exact same grades, in the same school year who are going to pay very different amounts just because they started at Berkeley two years later,” Master said.

While Master noted that the increase in the financial aid stipend from 33% to 45% that the plan provides is a good thing, international students, who make up 25% of the undergraduate student body, will not be eligible to receive this financial assistance. .

Similarly, EAVP government relations director Bailey Henderson said the UC board of trustees missed the larger point that this plan will hurt students.

“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t even have to fight for tuition increases,” Master said. “Many of us are still trying to answer that, including those at the very top levels of our academic universities.”

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