The Regents of the University of California (UC) approved the plan presented by President Janet Napolitano and will accept 10,000 more California students across the UC through 2018. This will be funded with the $25 million allocated by the recent 2015-16 state budget and by phasing out the UC’s need-based aid for low-income students from other states.
Since 1994, the number of applicants from California students applying to the UC has more than doubled. Unfortunately, the UC has not kept pace with demand and students are finding it harder to get in. Insufficient state funding and increasing competition for too few college spots means increasingly well-qualified students are nonetheless turned away. In response, the UC has significantly increased the enrollment of out-of-state and international students – which comes with big revenue benefits – while the number of California students at the UC has remained flat.