Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The legislature seems unable to resist sticking its fingers into every pie

California high school students have been battling out-of-staters for undergraduate spots on UC campuses, and now some legislators are seeking to limit financial aid and admission slots for non-residents. In the last few years, budget cuts caused by the recession led UC to recruit more nonresident applicants to get revenue from out-of-state fees. Legislators pushed back, saying the strategy limited access for their constituents. The UC system also came under fire recently after an Assembly budget subcommittee discovered that $32 million had been spent on financial aid for nonresident students. Senate Constitutional Amendment 4, proposed by Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, would cap at 10 percent the amount of out-of-state undergraduates in incoming classes and total undergrad enrollment at each of the ten campuses. Also, the amendment would prohibit UC from giving state-funded financial aid to out-of-state undergraduate students...


A hearing on the proposed amendment is to take place today.

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