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University of Calif. approves big fee hikes

November 20, 2009

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— The governing board of the University of California approved a $2,500 student fee increase Thursday after two days of tense campus protests across the state.

The vote by the Board of Regents in a windowless University of California, Los Angeles, meeting room took place as the drone of protesters could be heard from a plaza outside. Scores of police in riot gear guarded the building.

The 32 percent increase will push the cost of an undergraduate education at California’s premier public schools to more than $10,000 a year by next fall, about triple the cost of a decade ago. The fees, the equivalent of tuition, do not include the cost of housing, board and books.

“Our hand has been forced,” UC President Mark Yudof told reporters after the vote. “When you don’t have any money, you don’t have any money.”

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 1 month ago

For those students that can afford it (in California, Kansas and everywhere) raise tuition to match the actual cost of higher education. End welfare for the rich.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, let's follow STRS's advice so that we, too, can be just like India or El Salvador.

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm not familiar with your reference, bozo. I suppose you'd like our government to offer "free" college degrees to absolutely everyone? How can you justify a millionaire getting a taxpayer subsidized education? I think I know the answer.

From what I can tell about you, you envision a society where all Americans hand over 100% their earnings to the government. The government then redistributes just enough money to the people to cover miscellaneous expenses while covering the cost of nearly everything else, e.g. food, health care, housing, education. Under your paradigm, the wealthy will no longer exist, and our society will have achieved your dream of equal outcomes despite unequal personal production.

This is the only conceivable explanation for your acceptance of obscene higher education subsidies for all income brackets. You're fully aware that government health care is coming. Soon, government housing and government food rationing will follow. Eventually, private property and possessions will be eliminated, and you will have achieved some twisted, sick version of Nirvana. Tell me I'm wrong. Please.

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