UC Berkeley j-school’s $7,500 a year supplemental fee OK’d by Board of Regents

Edward Wasserman, dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, says asking students to pay a $7,500/year supplemental fee is “an unavoidable step toward ensuring the School’s financial future.newberk He proposed a $10,250 fee in September, but a faculty vote cut that to $7,500.

Wasserman’s supplemental fee update comes four days after the UC Board of Regents approved a tuition increase.

From: Edward Wasserman
Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM
Subject: [J-School 2yrs] Regents approve J-School tuition supplementary fee

To the J-School Community:

I received word today that the Board of Regents has approved the J-School’s proposal to add a professional school supplementary fee to our cost of attendance. All 15 professional schools at UC Berkeley now have such a fee (a proposal from by the School of Education, which didn’t have one until now, was approved as well). As you’ll recall, the J-School’s faculty joined me in advocating the fee as an unavoidable step toward ensuring the School’s financial future.

The fee of $7,500/year will be in place for the 2015-16 school year, but will be refunded to all students next year so nobody will have to pay a fee they didn’t expect. The revenue from the fee will begin to be collected in fall 2016; it will impact the class that enters next fall, but only in their second year.

At least one-third of proceeds from the new fee will be used for student grants and fellowships, and I am pleased to report that the donor community has been responding enthusiastically to our efforts to raise additional money for that purpose – in order to keep the J-School affordable to the diverse student body we’re committed to continuing to serve.

Thanks for the thoughtful role you played in the lengthy and difficult process of discussion about the fee proposal.


* Earlier: J-school dean proposes $10,250 supplemental fee | That’s cut to $7,500 (jimromenesko.com)