University of California 2011 Accountability Report

Indicator 1.5
Per-student average expenditures for education, Universitywide, 1990-91 to 2011-12

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Since 1990-91, the total cost of a UC education has declined by 19 percent per student. Students and their families have borne an ever increasing share of that cost, surpassing 50 percent for the first time in 2011-12.

Since 1990-91, average inflation-adjusted expenditures for educating UC students have declined 19 percent. During the same time period, the state's share of expenditures has fallen even more steeply, by more than 51 percent. The share of expenditures borne by students in the form of fees has tripled, from 13 percent to 40 percent.

In other words, students and their families are bearing a growing proportion of the cost of their education. Increases in student fees have made up some (but not all) of the reductions in state support.

Source: UC Budget and Capital Resources. All figures in 2010-11 dollars. Inflation-adjusted using the Higher Education Price Index. ARRA funds included in State support for 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11. 2010-11 and 2011-12 State and UC General Fund figures are expected to decline due to enrollments that are higher than budgeted. UC General Funds includes nonresident supplemental tuition, a portion of indirect cost recovery revenue associated with federal contracts and grants, and other funds. Figures are net of institutional financial aid.

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