SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — A new state budget proposal would have three top University of California campuses lower their share of out-of-state and international students and the UC system would add 6,230 more local students next year.
The plan, which was unveiled Friday night by Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders, would cover the cost of reducing non-resident students at UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego from 22% to 18% over five years beginning in the fall of 2022, which would make room for about 4,500 California students over that period, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.READ MORE: 'I Saw The Suffering In People's Faces: Sacramento Man Finds Strollers For War-Torn Refugees
The loss of revenue for nonresident students, who pay higher tuition, amounts to nearly $30,000 per student or $1.3 billion collectively each year.
The budget also proposes to provide funds to enroll the additional California residents in next year’s freshman class. The nine undergraduate UC campuses will decide how to divvy them up.
State legislators initially suggested lowering the proportion of non-resident freshmen students to 10% from the current systemwide average of 19% over the next decade. They said then that the state’s record $75 billion surplus provided a rare opportunity to take bold action and open up access to the UC’s. The system received a record number of applications for the fall of 2021 and many are frustrated over the lack of seats for qualified students.READ MORE: City To Vote On Project That Would Add Speed Bumps To More Sacramento Neighborhoods
Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting said that “limited resources” led legislators to scale down the plan for now and focus on the three most popular campuses.
UC officials say they share the goal of enrolling and graduating more California students and have added 19,000 more California undergraduates since 2015. They opposed the 10% plan, however.
“We understand and support the Legislature’s goal of providing more opportunities for Californians at UC, though we believe trying to achieve this through reducing nonresident students will potentially lead to unanticipated outcomes,” the university said in a statement
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said that when state funding declines, the enrollment of non-resident students helped offset tuition costs for California students and provides revenue to retain high-quality faculty and improve educational programs.MORE NEWS: Massive Outdoor Recreation Area Nears Opening In Elk Grove
The budget is scheduled for a vote in the state Legislature on Monday, with Newsom likely signing it into law before the state’s fiscal year begins Thursday.