University of California officials say they are holding the line on in-state undergraduate tuition for the 2019-20 academic year, and that will include UC Davis. UC President Janet Napolitano made that announcement on Wednesday at a Sacramento hearing on education finance. This will reportedly be the seventh time in eight years that the university has kept tuition flat for California residents.
"We are optimistic about our strong partnership with the governor and the legislature and will work collectively to identify additional resources, in lieu of tuition revenues, to ensure that UC students can succeed," said Napolitano.
California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) put out a written statement in response to the announcement.
"I’m very happy to hear that the University of California has once again decided not to raise tuition for California students. This welcome decision reflects the strong commitment of the Legislature to increase its support for California’s public colleges and universities." However, Atkins is also concerned about the cost of getting a college degree. "While this is good news for California’s students and families, the total cost of higher education is still out of reach for too many in our state. We must do more to expand financial aid beyond providing tuition relief, and to ease the burden of student debt, food insecurity, and even homelessness, that many students face in pursuit of higher education."
UC's tuition announcement comes as the university finalizes a multiyear plan to reach several stated goals by the year 2030. Those goals include efforts to ensure 200,000 additional students earn a degree; improve the rate of on-time graduation and degree attainment; close graduation gaps for low-income, first-generation and so-called underrepresented students; focus on graduate degrees which advance economic mobility and help support industries critical to the California economy; develop a more diverse faculty.