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State Lawmakers Consider Plan To Lower Admission Of Nonresidents In University Of California System




A student walks toward Royce Hall on the campus of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 2020.
A student walks toward Royce Hall on the campus of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 2020.
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California state lawmakers are considering a plan that would cut the number of spaces for international and out of state students. The move comes alongside a time of high demand for a spot in the system, and some argue more room should be made for local students. 

According to the LA Times, the proposal would reduce the system’s incoming nonresident population from 19% to 10% over the next decade starting in 2022. This means more than 4,500 more local students could secure spots. Due to mounting pressure, UC regents capped out of state and international enrollment last year at 18%, but lawmakers say that isn’t good enough. UC officials don’t agree with the 10% limit because the resulting funding is significant and helps enroll more California students and assist with financial aid. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the proposal and arguments. Do you have thoughts or questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

Guests:

Teresa Watanabe, staff writer covering higher education for the Los Angeles Times who’s been following this story; she tweets @TeresaWatanabe

Kevin McCarty (D), California Assemblymember for Assembly District 7, which includes the communities of Sacramento, West Sacramento, Rio Linda, Elverta, and Antelope; he tweets @KevinMcCartyCA