UC Berkeley is cutting back on the number of California residents that it accepts and taking more out-of-state students in an apparent effort to raise money. Out-of-state students pay three times as much in tuition and fees at UC as those from California. The Mercury News reports that number of in-state offers at Cal dropped from 11,184 this year to 9,459 next year, while the percentage of out-of-state students on campus will more than double.
Incredibly, a top UC Berkeley official had the audacity to claim to the Merc that the out-of-state students “do not take space from a California student.” Say what? The campus is accepting fewer in-state students, while increasing the percentage of out-of-state students on campus, and yet this is somehow not displacing California residents?
Meanwhile, there’s a bipartisan movement afoot in the state Legislature to limit student fees increases in the UC system, according to the Chron. Sounds good. But doesn’t that mean Cal will then use the proposed changes as yet another excuse to slash the number of state residents it accepts, and then claim again that it’s not closing its doors to Californians?