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Report 93-9: A New State Policy on Undergraduate Student Charges at California's Public Universities: Recommendations of the California Postsecondary Education Commission

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 1993

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In Supplemental Report Language to the 1991-92 Budget Act, the Legislature asked the Commission to coordinate an intersegmental review of student fees and financial aid -- including (1) the impact that alternative student fee and financial aid policies would have on General Fund revenues, student access, and financial aid requirements; (2) who should pay what share of the costs of higher education; (3) the relative advantages or disadvantages of raising student tuition compared with maintaining reduced funding for the Master Plan missions of the systems; and (4) "the consequences of all tuition and fee alternatives on the state's historic policies of access, choice, equity, and quality (including breadth of the instructional program, average student time to degree, and total cost of the baccalaureate to the student), with identification of any sub-group most likely to suffer negative consequences as a result."

In April 1993, the Commission responded with Report 93-8, Undergraduate Student Charges and Short-Term Financial Aid Policies at California's Public Universities, which contained seven preliminary recommendations on those issues. In this current report, the Commission expands on those suggestions and presents a dozen recommendations and eight principles that underlie them. In future reports, the Commission will offer recommendations on student charges and financial aid for the California Community Colleges and for graduate and professional-school students, and it will then propose a long-term financial aid policy for all levels and systems of higher education in the State.

The Commission notes that its recommendations in this report "stem from the economic and political difficulties facing the State" and "do not represent ideal public policy for the State or its public universities, but instead a response to the challenges now facing these universities as they seek to continue meeting the goals of the Master Plan with reduced State resources." Thus the Commission urges that if the State implements these recommendations, their impact should be reviewed after five years on the possibility that economic and political circumstances could then allow the State "to return to its Master Plan policy goal of providing low-cost higher education."

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on June 28, 1993, on recommendation of its Ad Hoc Committee on the Financing and Future of California Higher Education. Additional copies of the report may be obtained from the Commission at 1303 J Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, California 95814-2938.

Related Topics: Fees, Tuition, Costs and Financial Aid

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