Partial Tuition Refund for Spring Quarter UCLA
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Dear Chancellor Gene Block,
I write to you as an international student, as a member of the Bruin Community, and as part of family that has been greatly economically affected by COVID 19. I write to you speaking for myself and for many students at UCLA.
Due to COVID-19 the world has changed drastically. Governments worldwide are taking extreme measures to prevent the virus from spreading. In times like this, the access to a remote-form of education is highly valuable. Nonetheless, I speak for many that remote-learning does not have the same value as attending classes in person. And thus, we should not have to pay the same amount of tuition for services we are not having. If you open Bruin Bill, the fees go like this:
- SPRI SUPPLEMNTL NONRES TUITION
- SPRI STUDENT SERVICES FEE
- SPRI TUITION
- SPRI UNDERGRAD STDNT ASSOC FEE
- SPRI ACKERMAN STUDNT UNION FEE
- SPRI WOODEN CENTER FEE
- SPRING UGRAD HEALTH INS
- SPRI GREEN INITIATIVE FEE
- SPRI PLEDGE FEE
- SPRI ACKER/HOFF SEISMIC FEE
- SPRI S.P.A.R.C. FEE
- SPRING BRUIN BASH FEE
- SPRING IEI FEE
- SPRING ARTS RESTRG CMMTY FEE
I come here to argument that students should not have to pay for services they do not have. The Spring Student Services FEE with a value of $376.00, Spring Undergrad Student Association FEE ($87.42), Spring Ackerman Student Union FEE ($22.00), Spring Wooden Center FEE ($11.00), Spring Green Initiative FEE, Spring Pledge FEE ($18.84), Spring ACKER/HOFF Seismic FEE ($37.00), SPRI S.P.A.R.C. FEE ($38.00) , Spring Bruin Bash FEE ($1.49) , Spring ARTS RESTRG CMMTY FEE ($1.72), SPRING UGRAD HEALTH INSURANCE ($839.90) for students that are not on campus.
According to (http://www.admission.ucla.edu/campusprofile.htm there are 35,568 enrolled undergraduate students of which 88% are non-international meaning in total they pay, $135,656,352 dollars just for ONE quarter. International Students pay per quarter in total $58,610,373.12. Which would result in just one quarter worth of tuition 177.865965 million US$ assuming 50% of the students receive a 50% grant (including Non-Residential Students.)
According the official UCLA Financial Report 2018-2019, "Revenues to support UCLA’s core activities, including those classified as non-operating revenues, were $8.6 billion, $7.7 billion, and $7.5 billion in 2019, 2018, and 2017, respectively. These diversified sources of revenue increased by $867 million in 2019 and $222 million in 2018." And thus my question is, if there is so much money available why should university education be so expensive? Given the extreme circumstances I want to request a partial tuition refund and all non-essential fees to be given back to students. The resources for most of the things included in the BruinBill are for services that only exist if students were on campus. And even if students are at UCLA, as per the emails sent to all UCLA members "all non-essential activity has been suspended" that including Wooden Center, Pledging, and many other resources mentioned above.
Additionally, according to the report ASUCLA Student Government Accounting Encumbrance Budget from 8/1/2019 Through 7/31/2020 (link attached below) UCLA has all this money "available"
- #UCLA Wellness Initiative - Campus Events Commission with $18,200.00
- 1001 Campus events: $60,533.78 allocated; $23,094.30 expended. "Unless they were planning to go crazy with events in spring quarter it seems like they would end a normal year with about $25,000 extra cash."
- 1103 CEC Film programs: $35,475.02 allocated; $17,314.57 expended.
1101 Community Service Commissions: $432,976.29 allocated; $168,539.45 expended.
1110 CSC Alternative Breaks: $11,545.76 allocated, $0 expended.
1201 Cultural Affairs Commission: $110,075.29 allocated, $77,013.50 expended
1125 Cultural Programming Fund: $119,370.15 allocated, $14,948.25
- 1227 CommUnity: $22,500 allocated, $0 expended.
- 1401 Facilities Commission: $41,520.09 allocated, $8,317.76 expended
- 1604: The transfer student representative was allocated $13,007.37 and only spent $1,137.97 of it.
- 1605: The international student representative was allocated $7,017.18 and only spent $842.77
- 1701 Student Wellness Commission: $89,327.83 allocated, $29,507.66 expended.
- 1713 SWC Total Wellness Newsletter: $25,651.91 allocated; $5,398.44 expended
- 1801 External Vice President: $113,087.70 allocated; $55,604.32 spent.
- 2103 Administrative Overhead: $677,734.52 allocated, $416,990.09 expended.
- 2121 Campus Retention Committee: $1,434,314.28 allocated, ONLY $511,439.59 EXPENDED.
- 2127 Student Initiated Access Committee: $1,276,276.29 allocated, only $456,918.02 expended.
- 2132-2138: About $670,000 total was allocated for various social justice programs. Only ~$270,000 of that was spent.
These are just a few of the expenses as students we are able to see and consider, where is our money going and how is UCLA providing the best resources it can possibly give to the Bruin Community. There are $12,323,963.17 million dollars "available" to the ASUCLA Student Government Accounting Encumbrance Budget from 8/1/2019 Through 7/31/2020. Which bring me to my point of saying, given the extenuating circumstances the entire world is facing, and the sufficient funds UCLA has to sustain itself, Spring Quarter Tuition should be partially refunded.
According to the World Economic Forum there has been a 20% income drop worldwide and thus costs should be re-adjusted. Not only because the additional money may be essential for families going through a crisis right now, but for UCLA to continue to have people attend University the following year. If prices are too high and "half a billion people could be pushed to poverty" (less than $5.50 per day) the University is risking loosing many students next year.
I urge you to agree to the petition and give back money that is not being used and allocate the resources students need in times like these. UCLA teaches Bruins accountability and so I ask you to consider a change in tuition expenses since conditions are not the same as prior to COVID-19.
The Bruin Community.
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