David Dodd 10:32 a.m., May 25
UC Education Increasingly Out of Reach for Local Students
University of California students potentially face a six percent increase in tuition in the fall, according to a May 12 Huffington Post article. The possibility of another tuition increase worsens the news for local students who hope to transfer to UC San Diego.
For years, local community college students have been able to access UC San Diego through a program called TAG, Transfer Admission Guarantee. A student who enrolled in the program, maintained a high grade point average, and took prescribed classes, could count on being accepted.
However, a May 2 UT story announced "The UC San Diego program that guarantees transfer admission to community college students who meet certain requirements will come to an end in 2014, campus officials have decided." Budgetary cutbacks and "explosive growth" of the program were cited for the decision.
The transfer guarantee program has traditionally been viewed as a program that helps disadvantaged or late-blooming students transfer to UCSD. Michael Cash, president of the Associated Students at San Diego City College told the UT, "This [program] has given a lot of students--your minorities and your socially and economically challenged--hope."
At the same time that a door closes for local students the UC system has been courting students from outside of California. in January, the Los Angeles Times reported, "Sharply higher numbers of students from other states and countries applied for admission to the University of California this year, following UC's controversial efforts to recruit more such students for the extra tuition they pay..."