Students in University of California at Berkeley's Graduate Journalism Program will pay an additional $7,500 in tuition per year, after the Board of Regent's approved a supplemental fee this week. Dean Edward Wasserman originally proposed a $10,250 per year fee, saying it was necessary to overcome a half-million-dollar budget gap and that much of the increase would go back to students in the form of financial aid. But students and alumni criticized the proposal, and faculty members voted in October to recommend the lower amount of $7,500, which the regents ultimately accepted.
An email from Wasserman posted on JimRomenesko.com says the fee will go into effect next fall, but students will be refunded since they weren't able to plan for a new fee. The school will start collecting revenue from the fee in 2016. The UC Board of Regents last week also approved a system-wide tuition increase despite student protests.
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