Tuition Stability Plan
In an effort to make it easier for students and families to plan for the cost of achieving a UC degree, the UC Board of Regents approved a new tuition policy, the Tuition Stability Plan.
The Tuition Stability Plan sets tuition for incoming undergraduates at the time they first enroll at the University of California and holds that tuition flat until they graduate or for up to six academic years, whichever comes first. The plan is effective for new undergraduate students starting in the 2022-23 academic year. The plan also keeps tuition flat for current UC students.
What is the Tuition Stability Plan?
It is a multi-year plan starting fall 2022 that sets tuition and other mandatory systemwide fees for degree-seeking undergraduates, both freshmen and transfer students with the expectation that those charges will remain at that same level each following year for the duration of their college careers, up to six academic years. For graduate students, tuition for new and continuing students will be set annually but will rise no faster than inflation, essentially remaining flat in constant dollars.
What this means for current* UC Berkeley undergraduate students (*enrolled in academic year 2021-22):
For undergraduates who first enrolled spring 2022 or earlier tuition will stay flat at current rates until graduation or through spring 2027, whichever comes first.
As a current student you will not see a change in your Tuition, the Student Services Fee, and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition and should plan for these charges to remain the same through the 2026-27 academic year.
Campus based fees are not included in this policy, and are subject to change from year to year.
What this means for newly-admitted* UC Berkeley undergraduate students for Fall 2022 (*enrolled in academic year 2022-23):
Beginning fall 2022, tuition will be adjusted for each year for incoming freshmen and transfer students but will subsequently remain flat until the student graduates or for up to six academic years, whichever comes first.
What this means for UC Berkeley graduate students:
For graduate students, tuition for new and continuing students will be adjusted annually based on inflation, remaining essentially flat in constant dollars. No increase will occur until fall 2022.
Where can I learn more? / What else should I know?
The University of California has a student FAQ with many answers to questions you may have.
The Tuition Stability Plan is not a guarantee and systemwide tuition and fees may increase for a student due to unexpected changes in the University’s budget. Any such increase would require approval by the Board of Regents.
Here are the student-related benefits that will come from this policy change:
Nearly half of the new funding generated by this policy will go towards UC’s financial aid programs
The remaining funding will be invested in improving the overall student experience by reducing class sizes, updating facilities, and enhancing student support services
This policy allows families of current and future students to plan without worrying about tuition increases from year to year.