By Josh Richman
Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 5:51 pm in ballot measures
More than two-thirds of the University of California’s students would have to pay out-of-state tuition if voters approved Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposed ballot measure to split California into six states, a political consultant says.
That would cost them more than $2.5 billion per year, according to an analysis by Forward Observer, a Sacramento-based public-affairs strategy firm.
The analysis found the “Six Californias” measure would affect more than 109,000 students who suddenly would be attending a UC campus in other than the state in which they reside.
For example, if a student from Los Angeles attended UC Irvine just 50 miles away, the school would be free to charge an additional $22,878 in out-of-state “nonresident supplemental” tuition, Forward Observer concluded. UC Davis would have the largest percentage of students that would be forced to pay out-of-state tuition, at 78.1 percent; UCLA would have the lowest, at 55.1 percent.
“Jefferson California, a new state to be comprised of counties in the far north, would have not one campus in the University of California system if split off from the rest of the state as proposed,” Forward Observer CEO Joe Rodota noted in a news release. “Just how would a family from Redding or Chico feel about paying $36,000 in out-of-state tuition to send their son or daughter to UC Davis?”
“California needs serious solutions to difficult problems,” said Rodota, a former cabinet secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson. “Draper’s proposal may be provocative, but it isn’t a solution to anything.”
Draper, whom spokeswoman Anna Morris was “in back to back meeting appointments in LA” on Monday, has not yet responded.Leave a comment