UC Berkeley Too Expensive? Try Yale, It's Cheaper

For middle-class students, San Jose State costs $23, 557 a year, making Harvard look cheap at only $17,000.

Public universities in California are becoming more expensive than many private schools for middle-income students.

“Schools like Harvard and Princeton provide a cheaper alternative to schools like University of California, Berkeley,” says the Daily Titan.

Harvard costs $4,000 for a family with an annual income of $30,000, yet CSUF comes in at almost half, costing $16,331 for a full-time student, the Daily Titan reports.

Rising tuition has recently sent both the UCs and Cal State college prices “shooting past Harvard and Yale for middle-class students”, according the Bay Area News Group.

While a family making $130,000 a year would have to pay $24,000 for tuition, room, and board to send a child to a Cal State University, financial aid drops Harvard tuition costs down to $17,000 a year, "making it the cheaper option", says the Bay Area News Group.

President Obama announced "a plan to force colleges to slow tuition increases or risk losing student aid" the paper reports. 

But UC President Mark Yudof said the UC education is still a better deal than the vast majority of private colleges.

Milan Moravec March 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
UC Berkeley Needs Lesson in Fiscal Efficiency: American Enterprise Institute. Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau’s recruits born abroad and affluent out of state $50,600 tuition students who displace qualified instate Californians; spends $7,000,000 + (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost) for OE consultants but stops examination of Chancellor office inefficiencies; ex-politician receives $300,000 for a couple lectures; tuition to return on investment falls below top 10; doubles instate tuition- on all-in-cost Cal. is the most expensive public university – more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Chancellor Birgeneau’s fiscal track record is dismal indeed. Birgeneau would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for, & the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means. Every year Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) would request a budget increase, the timid UC Regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, & the Birgeneau leadership inefficiencies just piled up to $150 million +. Cal’s senior management is either incompetent or culpable. We are sympathetic to the running of higher education with declining state money. However, Cal. has been badly damaged by Chancellor Birgeneau’s leadership. Good people are loosing their jobs.
Adam Kline March 20, 2012 at 09:21 PM
The problem with UC and CSU is the bloated administration compensations and too many useless positions!
Tanya Jo Miller March 21, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Do you guys care to share where you're info's coming from? I'm interested in reading more...
Milan Moravec March 21, 2012 at 04:59 AM
It is all over the internet and in newspapers. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau pulls back access and affordability to Californians. Qualified instate applicants to public Cal. are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad foreign and out of state affluent students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes foreign and out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles instate tuition/fees. University of California Berkeley is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of tax funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Going to Cal. is now more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Like Coaches, Chancellors who do not measure-up must resign. More recently, UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed excessive force - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Birgeneau’s doubling of tuition. The sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu
Marissa Axell March 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
As a middle class student, it was far more economical for me to attend a private university than a public one, because the financial aid benefits were far superior. This happens in most states in the US, not just California.
Tanya Jo Miller March 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Interesting...did you go to school in California Marissa?


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