University of California Updates for 2022/23

UC Updates for the Upcoming School Year 2022/23

Aside from a record-breaking number of freshman applications for this upcoming fall, the University of California has some more updates to share for 2022/23.

So what’s new with the UC?

1 – The UC Application has a new timeline

The UC application continues to open on August 1st, but there will be a new filing period.

Starting this year, you can submit your completed UC application already from October 1st onward!

Note that filing the UC application earlier won’t be a factor in the selection process for admission though. In short, it really doesn’t matter if you’ll press the submit button on Oct 1st or Nov 30th which remains the final deadline for submitting the UC application.

While it’s nice to have the option to be done with the whole UC application process already by Oct 1st and then focus on keeping up senior grades or other college applications, it is important to remember that once the UC application is submitted you won’t be able to make any changes to the applicant’s academic record. So, make sure that the grades and courses you submit are correct, and know that you won’t be able to add any extracurricular activities you might have forgotten after the application has been submitted. So, beware and plan carefully!

2 – PIQ ‘Question 8’ gets a mini-facelift

Question 8 will mainly stay the same, except for 3 words. Can you spot them?

The University of California wants to make sure that applicants understand that UC is not comparing students to one another and therefore omitted the word “stand out as”.

Former PIQ 8: Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

New PIQ 8: Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

3 – UC announces Tuition Stability Plan

Good news or bad? It’s for you to decide. The University of California will have “its first significant tuition increase in a decade and set a course to continue raising fees every year for the next five years.” (The Sacramento Bee). This means a 4.2% increase in undergraduate tuiton and fees for incoming students in the 2022/23 school year… Not such great news considering the ever rising mountain of student debt. However, the Tuition Stability Plan will allow students to keep the same tuition rate they are going to start out with for 6 years. That’s the somewhat good part of this story.

While the Tuition Stability Plan will not change the bare fact that many students will have to take out debt when getting a college education at the UC, the UC wants to help families to have more control over the cost of a college education. A stable tuition plan that doesn’t increase every year will give families peace of mind that tuition will stay the same over a certain period of time helping them plan better for the financial investment in the future of their student.

Beginning fall 2022, tuition will be adjusted for each incoming undergraduate class but will subsequently remain flat until the student graduates, for up to six years. For undergraduates who first enrolled in fall 2021 or earlier — including all current undergraduates — tuition will stay flat at current rates for the duration of their enrollment, up to six years.” (University of California)

Source: University of California & The Sacramento Bee

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