UC Looks to Out-of-State Students to Help Ease Budget Shortfall

Non-Resident Students Pay More Than Double Campus Fees and Could Help Tackle UC's Deficit

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University News Editor Angelica Dongallo talks to UC Berkeley students from out of state.

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She may not look it, but UC Berkeley sophomore and New York City native Stephanie Chau may be part of UC Berkeley administrators' solution for record budget shortfalls.

Hailing from throughout the U.S. and around the globe, out-of-state students like Chau comprise approximately 10 percent of the undergraduate student population, paying more than double the amount of student fees than their native-Californian counterparts.

According to UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, approximately 9,000 undergraduates are now completely unfunded by the state. Coupled with a $150 million budget deficit, students like Chau are becoming an attractive option for helping the campus alleviate some of its financial burden.

Birgeneau announced at his back-to-school press briefing last Wednesday that the campus may admit more out-of-state students next year. While there are no finalized plans to admit more out-of-state students, the idea has been discussed systemwide in the past as a way of increasing revenue.

Out of 4,779 incoming freshmen at UC Berkeley this year, 216 students hail from states outside of California while 301 students are international students, 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

For 2009-10, non-resident students are paying a total of $32,418 in fees as compared with $9,749 for California residents, according to the Office of the Registrar. The amount of money out-of-state students now pay each year compares to the price of an education at elite private universities.

For students like Chau, keeping up with rising student fees is weighing on her shoulders.

Last semester, she worked two jobs-one at the dining commons and a work-study job with university relations-and she is looking for a third job to help her parents afford a UC Berkeley education. She said she also foresees having to take out loans to pay for her final two years at Berkeley.

"It's a hard life being from out-of-state," said Chau, who received an offer to attend Cornell University, but ultimately chose Berkeley because she wanted to attend a college away from home. "But I guess for me ... I'm paying for the experience, as well as the education, so I'm pretty happy with my choice."

Others, like sophomore Tina Chang-who is originally from Massachusetts and later lived in Taiwan- sometimes wonder whether or not they made the right choice.

Chang said it was tough deciding between UC Berkeley and Wellesley College in Massachusetts. But she was told Berkeley had a better international reputation and also believed she could establish residency and subsequently pay the in-state tuition rate. Unfortunately, the latter turned out not to be the case.

"What I'm basically paying is the amount I'd be paying at Wellesley, and that's what sort of makes me mad," she said. "I'm paying a lot more for a public school education than most people are. I could've just gone to a private school and paid that same amount."

But Birgeneau mentioned at the briefing that many out-of-state students who attend Berkeley end up becoming residents of California after they receive their degrees.

Sophomore Jasmine Jahanshahi, a Florida native, said she now considers California to be her home and is committed to remaining on this side of the U.S.

"Now I know that I want to stay on the West Coast," Jahanshahi said. "I'm really comfortable with my decision."


Angelica Dongallo is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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