Fees are a PERMANENT funding source for the UC system—it is critical to speak up on any proposed hikes to student fees!!!

Fees currently make up 11.8% ($3.03 billion) of UC core funds. They provide permanent funding for core support activities, including faculty salaries and benefits, academic and administrative support, student services, operation and maintenance of plant, and student financial aid.

Tuition and fees are at an all time high (see table below). In 2011-12, for the first time in decades, student tuition and fees represented a larger proportion of UC revenue than state general funds. Additional fee and tuition increases may place increased financial burden on undergraduate and graduate students.
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Read more at: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/nov13/f6attach.pdf