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Interactive: What will UC and CSU charge when your kid starts college?

This month, UC regents voted to raise annual fees by 32 percent to $10,302. Earlier, their CSU counterparts raised fees by a similar amount to $4,827. The increases are just the latest in a series of fee hikes during the last decade.

This calculator applies average fee increases from the past to predict what the CSU and UC systems will charge in the future. For instance, a kid born today would eventually pay more than $40,000 annually in UC fees, assuming the last decade of increases becomes the norm. All increases and figures shown are in 2008 dollars.






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University of California fees at the beginning of this academic year (2009-2010):

$7,788

California State University fees at the beginning of this academic year (2009-2010):

$3,354



Notes/Assumptions: Figures shown represent in-state, systemwide fees; campus-specific fees are excluded. This calculator uses the past to try and predict the future. It's calculus is simple: circumstances and decisions in the past will remain consistent with circumstances and decisions in the future. That said, all sorts of things could happen that would render these predictions moot.

The Sacramento Bee used data from the California Postsecondary Education Commission that showed UC and CSU fees throughout history in current dollars. As such, all the predictions are adjusted for inflation, assuming future inflation is consistent with the past 20 years. During the past 18 years, UC and CSU fees rose, on average, about 4.2 percent each year, after inflation.

During the past 10 years, UC and CSU fees rose, on average, about 9 percent. Finally, this calculator assumes that a 17-year-old future freshman will start school during the 2011-2012 school year, that a 16-year-old will start during 2012-2013, and so on.

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