#UC declines California students in favor of high tuition paying out-of-state applicants

Those luxury hotel bills and limo rides add up.

Maybe that’s why the number of high-paying nonresident students has risen dramatically in recent years as the UC system dealt with soaring budget costs resulting from the lifestyle choices made by UC administrators.

The rate is especially high at the most competitive schools, meaning residents frequently don’t get their first-choice campus. According to a 2016 state audit, out-of-state enrollment rose by 82 percent between the 2010-11 and 2014-15 school years. While that allowed UC to collect more out-of-state tuition, it’s also left some California families upset.

Dan Kwon, a principal consultant with Flex College Prep, said a number of the California families he sees have expressed frustration in recent years when students with good grades and extracurricular activities fail to get into top campuses like Berkeley and UCLA. “It doesn’t seem fair, especially because UC (schools) are public universities. …They should definitely benefit California residents.”

Read the whole story in the Mercury News


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