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Monday, February 15, 2016

UC-Berkeley Law, Business Schools Jack Up Tuition For California Residents

UCBSan Francisco Chronicle, UC Berkeley’s Tuition Break Is Nearly Erased:

Californians seeking professional degrees have for years enjoyed big tuition discounts to attend the public law and business schools at UC Berkeley. But that benefit is nearly gone, because the university has raised prices for state residents at a rate faster than for students from out of state, a Chronicle analysis has found.

University records also show that the number of Californians at the prestigious UC Berkeley Law School and Haas School of Business has fallen sharply over the last decade, while out-of-state enrollments have soared.

The disappearing in-state tuition break and the rise in nonresident enrollment raise questions about whether the University of California is treating California students fairly. Many say the university is wrong to charge Californians, who pay taxes that support UC and its professional schools, nearly as much as out-of-state students.

Tuition and mandatory fees more than doubled for California residents at Berkeley Law and at Haas since fall 2005. Then, the annual price for both was about $24,000. Now it’s more than $52,000 a year for the law school and nearly $58,000 for Haas, The Chronicle’s analysis shows.

Prices for out-of-state students rose by far less: 54 percent at the law school and 67 percent at the business school, to about $56,000 for law students and nearly $60,000 for those at Haas.

The result? State residents now pay nearly the same for the coveted public programs as do students from other states and countries. The price difference at Haas is 3 percent, and at Berkeley Law it’s 7 percent. A decade ago, it was 32 percent at Haas and 33 percent at Berkeley Law. ...

Lande Ajose, executive director of California Competes, a higher education think tank in Berkeley, said UC officials are raising in-state prices on professional-degree programs “because they can.”

The changes have gone largely unnoticed as public debate has raged around undergraduate tuition and UC’s efforts to enroll more undergraduates from out of state. California undergraduates still get a hefty discount, paying $16,371 a year at UC Berkeley, compared with $41,079 for out-of-state students.

In-state annual tuition and fees for a student starting full time at Berkeley Law and at Haas now approach the annual tuition charged by some top private programs, including Stanford Law and Cornell’s Johnson Business School. ...

At the law school, new enrollments of California residents are down 24 percent since 2005: from 201 to 153. Overall, out-of-state enrollments have more than doubled since then: from 127 to 336.

“I think it’s outrageous,” said Paul Monge, 26, a first-year student at the School of Law who serves on the UC Student Association’s budget committee. “The UC system has a special obligation to ensure access to California residents, who are products of our public schools and who are committed to contributing to California’s workforce.”

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A 7 percent price difference in tuition that starts at $52,000??!!!

This is what happens when there is unlimited GradPlus.

Posted by: Jojo | Feb 15, 2016 4:32:29 AM

While other state law schools have lowered tuition. Hmmm, who was that again? :)

Posted by: Jack Manhire | Feb 15, 2016 7:00:25 AM

Those high taxes in California really pay off for its residents!

Posted by: David Longfellow | Feb 15, 2016 11:42:22 AM

A breach of the implied promise to the taxpayers when the UC was founded, and every year since. Cab drivers, nurses, doctors and lawyers have paid heavily for decades to keep the UC going. In return, UC has larded its campuses with questionable majors, faux departments and escalated their operating costs. UC supported government unions which now compete for tax dollars. This is the thanks to the taxpayers. Time for a "Prop 13" on the UC: don't say it wasn't justified.

Posted by: Lawyer | Feb 15, 2016 12:26:32 PM

The government cut funding to the U.C. system after Californian's voted themselves a cap on property taxes.

They brought these tuition increases on themselves. Education costs money. You either pay for it with taxes or tuition. Californian's chose tuition over taxes.

Posted by: Cuts | Feb 15, 2016 2:41:19 PM

When I moved to California decades ago the conventional wisdom was that yes, taxes were high, but you at least got free college. When it came time to collect, free college was no longer anything close to free. It's almost as if promises of future government benefits were made to be broken. If only I could get a refund on all those taxes!

Posted by: AMT buff | Feb 15, 2016 3:02:52 PM

Go to and see how many 100k+ law librarians and police sergenats there are at UCB. The salaries don't include "fringe" bens like retirement/health. This will go a long way to explaining the cost increases.

Posted by: boaltgrad | Feb 15, 2016 10:51:14 PM