next five years. This means that by the next school year, the tuition costs could rise to $12,804, not including room and board. Costs could be as high as $15,564 by the 2019-20 school year. The increase is supposed to help cover rising costs and to
expand the enrollment of California students.
To express their disapproval of the new tuition plans, students all over different UC campuses have been staging walkouts and campouts. On Monday November 24, students at various UC campuses walked out of their classes at noon to protest tuition
hikes. At UC Davis, students carried signs with slogans including, “Raise Hell, not fees,” and “Education is not a Debt Sentence.” Although spirited, the protests at UC campuses in Davis, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz are peaceful and the campus police have not had to get involved.
Like many other UC students, Katie Chapel--a first year student at UC Davis and graduate from CMHS--disagrees with the decision to increase tuition, stating, “Increasing the tuition is only harming the students because of the already crippling student debt. I think the protests are a great way of practicing political participation to have student voices heard.” Katie hasn’t participated in any protests herself but has seen and heard many of them.
Quinn Smith, a senior at CMHS, was debating on whether or not to go to UC Santa Cruz, but after hearing about the tuition rises, Quinn says, “The tuition increase definitely affects my decision on whether or not I want to attend UC Santa Cruz. If I
can’t afford to go there, then I don’t want to go there because I don’t want to be paying off student loans for the rest of my life.”
Although the annual increase of tuition is supposed to expand student enrollment, it may have the opposite effect. If students can no longer afford to go to a UC, then they will choose another college.