By Tony Lopez

DAVIS (CBS13) — A local student and CBS13 viewer has given us a homework assignment: Where is her UC Davis tuition money going?

The wheels are in motion for another year at UC Davis, when students will be asked to answer tough questions in the classroom.

But before that, Cassie Nguyen tracked us down to ask a question of her own: Where does her money go, and why is it so expensive?

For California residents, undergrad tuition is $13,896. About 20 percent of that goes to fees that pay for UC Davis sports teams, the campus rec center, career center and mental-health service programs.

The base tuition of $11,220 pays for teachers’ salaries, campus supplies and it keeps the lights on.

One-third of the undergrad tuition is set aside for financial aid.

Out-of-state and international students at UC Davis need to dig a whole lot deeper, paying $36,774 in tuition this school year. Only 8 percent of that goes to student fees.

UC Davis officials say the majority of students don’t pay the full amount for tuition, and that more than 70 percent of undergrads get at least some financial aid.

The tuition and fees are set by the UC Board of Regents and are consistent across all UC campuses.


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