College Tuition in Calif. Rising Fastest In Nation

Thursday, June 14, 2012

California's public universities aren't the most expensive in the country to attend - some are even among the cheapest - but they do have the fastest-rising tuition, according to a U.S. Department of Education ranking of college costs released Tuesday.

Seven University of California campuses and three California State University campuses are among the top 5 percent of public colleges in the nation with the fastest-rising tuition.

UC campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Irvine saw tuition increases of 40 to 43 percent between 2009 and 2011, while CSU campuses at Long Beach, San Diego in Imperial Valley, and Chico got tuition increases of 40 to 42 percent in the two-year period.

The Education Department released the list to promote its searchable database as a way for families to get a better idea of the true cost of higher education - and to consider some low-cost schools they may not know about.

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