“The decision comes as part of the formal launch of the UC Native American Opportunity Plan”
I would think that any Native American student with even decent grades could pretty much write their own ticket at any college or university.
The Hill reports:
University of California offering free tuition to California’s Native American students
Native Americans who reside in California will soon be eligible for free tuition at the University of California school system, a critical announcement that comes as the country is in a heated debate over the student debt crisis.
In a letter to university chancellors, University of California president Michael V. Drake announced that starting in the fall semester, California residents who are members of federally recognized Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will be eligible for full-ride scholarships.
The decision comes as part of the formal launch of the UC Native American Opportunity Plan, a program intended to make the school system more diverse and more affordable to Native American undergraduate and graduate students.
It costs about $38,504 to attend a UC school annually for in-state students in the current 2022-2023 school year, with tuition at $13,104, and additional campus fees, books, health insurance, housing and transportation costs included.
Notably, the UC Native American Opportunity Plan could also help alleviate future students from taking on student debt, a crisis currently rocking the country and prompting President Biden to move forward with some form of student debt forgiveness. Biden previously campaigned on forgiving at least $10,000 in federal student loans per borrower, but has yet to take any action on the issue since assuming office.
Offering free tuition would also allow Native American students to bypass the rising cost of attending college, with an analysis by Georgetown University finding between 1980 and 2019 college fees rose by 169 percent, while wages for young workers aged 22 to 27 went up by only 19 percent over the same period.
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