Report 89-20: State Policy Guidelines for Adjusting Nonresident Tuition at California's Public Colleges and Universities: Report of the Advisory Committee on Nonresident Tuition Policies Under Senate Concurrent Resolution 69, published for the Committee by the California Postsecondary Education Commission
Published by The California Postsecondary Education CommissionJune 1989View Full Publication
Due to concerns about increases in nonresident tuition levels, the lack of an overarching State policy for nonresident tuition, and the fact that nonresident tuition at the California State University in 1986-87 and 1987-88 was higher than at the University of California, the Legislature, through Senate Concurrent Resolution 69 (Morgan, 1988), requested the Commission to convene an intersegmental advisory committee to recommend a long-term nonresident tuition policy for California's public colleges and universities. This report is the product of that committee's discussions and findings. It is organized as follows:
- The Introduction and Overview explains the origins and scope of the report.
- Part One explains the methodologies that California's three public segments of higher education use in determining their nonresident tuition charges, the actual levels of these charges, and the requirements that students must meet in order to be classified as California residents for purpose of assessing tuition.
- Part Two reviews nonresident tuition practices and student residency requirements in other states.
- And Part Three recommends a State policy guideline for nonresident tuition and explains the reasons for this recommendation.
- In debating the question of whether a need exists to make each segment's nonresident tuition methodology comparable to that of the other segments, the committee concluded that to alter the methodologies simply for the sake of making them consistent would serve no practical purpose other than one of uniformity.
- The committee also reviewed the level of California's nonresident tuition charges in comparison with those of comparable institutions nationally and found that California's charges are close to, or slightly higher than, those charged by comparable public institutions in other states.
- In discussing whether the current methodologies are compatible with the State's existing resident fee policy, the committee determined that they are, except for two major provisions: (1) they do not provide additional financial aid for needy students as nonresident tuition charges increase, and (2) they do not ensure that tuition increases will be gradual, moderate, and predictable.
- The committee also examined California's uniform residency requirements and found that they are not in need of revision, since they are nearly identical to residency requirements of other states.
- Finally, the committee discussed whether professional students in high-cost disciplines should be charged a higher level of nonresident tuition than other students. The committee determined that this policy would not be appropriate, for it would be inconsistent with the State's existing student fee policy and would not provide the State with a substantial increase in revenue, since the number of nonresident students enrolled in these programs is relatively small.
Related Topics: Fees, Tuition, Costs and Financial Aid
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