How much has tuition for California’s public universities really increased over the last 20 years?
Using data from the California State University Budget Office and University of California Budget Office, KQED has charted average tuition and campus fees for resident undergraduates, adjusted for inflation.
The numbers show that students and/or their parents are paying three times more in 2012 than their 1992 counterparts. The figures do not include expenses such as room, board, books and class-specific extra fees.
The average CSU student now leaves school $14,744 in debt; the figure is $17,300 for the average UC student, according to College Data.
California State University Download the data (pdf)
University of California Download the data (pdf)
Years are by academic year. The CSU fees are a combination of the IRA fee; health facilities fee; health services fee; student body fee; and materials, services and facilities fee. Some UC students also pay a professional fee, which we did not include as it varies greatly by department.