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Why did college tuition sky rocket since 2003?

thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
In 2003 when I was going to UCSB the first year tuition was $3500 for a resident of California. In 2005 tuition went up to $5500. In 2018 tuition is $15000. Why did this happen?

Replies to: Why did college tuition sky rocket since 2003?

  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,147 Senior Member
    We’ve had loonngg discussions out here. There are a lot of reasons. Health care costs for college staff, desire of students for nicer dorms & facilities & food service, less funding for state universities from legislatures (lots cut funding during the recession and never restored it), and overall inflation are some of the reasons. CA residents may have more specific reasons for UC increases, too.
  • thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    They have built a lot of new science labs. Are pensions a reason for states cutting off funds and colleges increasing tuition?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 74,530 Senior Member
    https://www.ucop.edu/operating-budget/_files/fees/201415/documents/Historical_Fee_Levels.pdf shows historical UC tuition and fee levels. (Note: the first table shows resident and non-resident base tuition to be the same. The non-resident supplemental tuition that is added for non-residents is shown in a different table.)

    Large jumps (as opposed to no increase or small increase) tend to correspond to economic downturns that cause state tax revenue to shrink. Because much of the state budget is already spoken for (K-12 and CCs by proposition 98, prisons by proposition 184), UC (and CSU) are among the things whose funding gets cut. The percentage increases can be seen in the second (for residents) and third (for non-residents) tables.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 3,092 Senior Member
    Economic mismanagement in California to some degree. Population growth and demand are others
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