University of California Reduces Its Tuition for the First Time in Nearly 20 Years

July 21, 2018 Last Updated: July 21, 2018

The University of California is finally having its tuition fee drop for the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year. The UC Board of Regents finished a two-day meeting and approved an $8.7 billion spending plan for 2018-2019, which includes a $60 tuition decrease.

Students at UC Berkeley carry signs as they march through the campus during a national day of action against funding cuts and tuition increases March 4, 2010, in Berkeley, Calif.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to The State, the 1 percent decrease will bring tuition and fees for California residents to $12,570, while students from outside the state will pay more than triple the amount.

About a decade ago, two class-action lawsuits were filed against the university over its tuition increases. And the $60 decrease is actually the result of the elimination of the surcharge added by the legal cases in 2007, where the lawsuits had cost nearly $100 million after UC lost both of them.

College students opposed to tuition increases sit next to a sign as they look on during the University of California Board of Regents meeting July 14, 2011, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The State reported that the university was planning a $300 increase for tuition. Thankfully, the state budget that became effective on July 1 has added millions of dollars to public universities funding, thus an increase in tuition can be put off temporarily, said the UC president’s office spokeswoman Dianne Klein.

Students occupy the hallway outside the office of the university chancellor at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to protest education funding cuts and rising tuition on March 4, 2010, in Los Angeles. University of California system student fees increased 61 percent from 2005 to 2010 and costs have gone up for students of California community colleges. (David McNew/Getty Images)