AB 393 – Freezing college tuition in California

The Basics

  • Freezes mandatory tuition and enrollment fees for all Universities of California, California State Universities, and California Community Colleges until the end of the 2020 school year.

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In-depth

As an alumna, and possibly a future grad student of the UC system, I can’t pretend I don’t have a personal stake in this one, so keep that in mind. Over the four years I was a student at UC Berkeley, my tuition increased by about 50 percent. I chose Cal in part due to cost, and though it was still cheaper than a private university, and I was lucky to have the financial resources to continue my education in spite of the increases, the impact this may have on less fortunate students is concerning. California has one of the best public higher education systems in the country. We also have the largest population, and there’s something to be said about the pool of potential we tap into by providing education to those talented students who can’t afford the Ivies. As the UC’s are also huge research universities, funding for the system is in the public’s interest, and having the broadest pool of talent to conduct such research maximizes its benefits.

  • Here is the text of the bill. It currently sits in the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and the author (Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva), analysts, and advocates should be presenting reports on the cost of post-secondary education in the state, to give constituents a better idea of the financial situation California students face in seeking advanced degrees.

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