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UC falsely describes tuition plan as ‘Robin Hood’ scheme

Op-ed by James Vernon, campus professor of history and co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association/Special to the Daily Cal

In the past decade, as tuition at the University of California has nearly doubled, it has become commonplace to hear that tuition hikes do not adversely affect low-income students. UC Berkeley’s leaders have spearheaded this argument. Former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and former vice provost George Breslauer assert that higher tuition has actually increased access to UC Berkeley. They argue that in the old days of low tuition, white, middle-class students were subsidized by the state, whereas now the campus acts like Robin Hood and redistributes wealth, charging rich students high tuition and returning much of it in aid to the poor. Read more [HERE]


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