It is tremendously difficult to get admittance into the top two UC schools, UC Berkeley and UCLA, considering the fewer seats available for in-state students. About 35% of admitted students are nonresidents and foreign students who have to pay an additional $23,000 in tuition and fees. The reason? A driving factor for the increase in out-of-state student admittance is the desire to make up for lost state financial support.
Yet, regarding the UC tuition hike issue, UC President Janet Napolitano stated, “If we wanted to, we could make Berkeley and UCLA 50/50 (resident and nonresident) easily, just snapping our fingers. The demand is that high.” As a California taxpayer for 40 years, I view her logical premise as not only inappropriate but irritable.
Does Napolitano really think that the additional $25,000 nonresidents pay for tuition and fees alone can permit her to run and maintain the UC system?
According to 2013 UC data, the admittance rate to UC Berkeley and UCLA for nonresidents was almost twice that of residents, 33.68% to 17.87%. The selection process is obviously not solely merit based. Is that fair to California students and taxpayers? Can she have a better spending priority in UC’s budget?