Goals UC seeks to ensure that financial considerations are not an obstacle to student decisions to seek and complete a University degree. Guided by policy adopted by the Board of Regents in 1994, the University's student financial aid programs are closely linked to the University's goals of student accessibility.
Narrative UC closely monitors the impact of its pricing decisions and its financial aid program with a variety of affordability indicators. For example, it routinely assesses the cost of attending UC for families at different income levels; it also monitors the enrollment of low- and middle-income students as well as how much students need to work during a term and borrow money to pay for their education. Although costs have risen, the indicators in this section show that the University continues to remain accessible to students from all income groups and that student debt levels and number of hours worked have remained manageable.
More information about UC costs and financial aid, including links to financial aid estimators provided by each campus, is available at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/paying.html. Detailed information about trends in UC financial aid can also be found in the University's Annual Report on Student Financial Support (pdf). The University of California Financial Aid Policy is available at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/policies/3201.html.
Looking Forward The University remains committed to meeting the financial need of students. Its Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, beginning in 2010-11, will ensure that students with household incomes below $70,000 who qualify for financial aid receive gift aid covering their systemwide fees to their need level. The University also has announced "Project You Can," an ambitious fundraising initiative that aims over the next four years to raise $1 billion in private support for student aid.