Category Archives: Tuition


U.S. Senator’s Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All

Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free. The College for All Act, the cost of which would be split between the federal government and the states, has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill proposes a tax on transactions in the financial sector to offset its estimated $470-billi…


State Residents at U. of California Will See Tuition Frozen for 2 Years

In-state undergraduates at the University of California won’t face tuition increases for the next two years, according to the terms of a deal struck between Gov. Jerry Brown and the system’s president, Janet Napolitano, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In November system regents approved a tuition plan — over the governor’s objections — that could have raised tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years. That measure was one component of long-running negotiations that seemed to…


‘Dreamers’ Will Get In-State Tuition at 3 Arizona Campuses

Immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents will qualify for in-state tuition at Arizona’s three public universities, the Board of Regents decided on Thursday. The Arizona Daily Star reports that the regents’ decision takes effect immediately.

The unanimous vote came two days after Judge Arthur Anderson of the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the Maricopa County Community College District could offer in-state tuition to students covered by the Deferred Ac…


In Early Iowa Campaign, Hillary Clinton Highlights College Affordability

Fresh off the announcement that she would run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton visited a community college on Tuesday as part of her days-old campaign in Iowa. Here’s some of what she said about higher education in a roundtable discussion held at Kirkwood Community College:


With Cuts Looming, Wisconsin Regents OK Tuition Increases at 9 Campuses

The University of Wisconsin system will raise tuition for out-of-state undergraduates and some professional students at nine campuses, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The extra revenue is meant to prepare the system for the prospect of a $300-million cut proposed by Gov. Scott Walker, and to make it possible to freeze resident tuition for two more years.

The proposed increases — including a nearly 12 percent jump for nonresident undergraduates at the flagship campus — drew criticism …


Higher-Ed Wonks Are Going Ballistic Over an Op-Ed in ‘The New York Times’

Administrative bloat, not dwindling state funds, is the principal cause of skyrocketing tuition at public colleges across America.

That’s the gist of an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times by Paul F. Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who briskly dismisses the common refrain that state legislatures’ protracted disinvestment in public university systems is at least a major component of rising costs. Here’s Mr. Campos’s conclusion:

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Sandy Baum, a senior fe…


Legislation Linking Tuition to Average Wage Passes Washington State Senate

A bill that would tie tuition at public colleges in Washington State to a portion of the average state wage passed the State Senate on Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review reports.

The measure would sharply cut the cost of colleges statewide, with the larger ones required to set tuition at a higher percentage of the average annual wage — which is about $52,600 — and community and regional colleges assigned a smaller number. The tuition cuts’ cost to the state would be $112 million to $232 million.



Protesters Shut Down U. of California at Santa Cruz Over Tuition Increases

Student protesters effectively shut down the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday morning, blocking its entrances as part of a four-day protest of tuition increases, racism, and police violence, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. The university responded to the early-morning action by telling students and faculty members to stay off the campus.


Cal State Students Will Get More Say Over Campus ‘Success Fees’

The trustees of California State University voted on Wednesday to give students more say over the “success fees” some campuses tack onto their tuition bills, The Sacramento Bee reports. Critics have accused institutions of using the controversial fees, which are now in place on 12 of the system’s 23 campuses and can run to several hundred dollars a semester, to circumvent a tuition freeze that Cal State and the University of California agreed to in 2012 in exchange for increased state support.


U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…