U. of Cal. Shelves Idea of Higher Fees for Some Majors

October 16, 2009

The University of California is shelving, but may return to, a controversial idea of differential tuition rates based on major, the Los Angeles Times reported. The plan would have imposed an additional $900 annual fee on those studying engineering or business. Many faculty members objected, saying that students would be discouraged from enrolling in those programs, even if assured that the extra funds will help the programs. The idea of differential tuition rates by major has been adopted by some public universities in recent years, but has faced similar criticism at those institutions.

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