University Of California System Effectively Being Privatized, State Now Funds Less Than Half Of Tuition

Last year, California paid only 47 percent of the tuition per student in the University of California system, compared to the 78 percent that it paid in 1990. This means students shoulder an increasing cost to attend some of the nation’s premier public universities. The Economist illustrates in the following chart this semi-privatization of the University of California system, which exceeds the national average of tuition fees:

As the Economist wrote, this trend “runs counter to the philosophy of the [University of California] master plan, by pricing ever more Californian families out of a place. The state now ranks 41st in the number of college degrees awarded for every 100 of its high school graduates.”

Rebecca Leber