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Important Messages

Message on Tuition and Fees

March 30, 2020
Dear UCI Students,

In our commitment to student success, especially in this unprecedented time, the university has quickly pivoted to shift to remote operations and implement emergency distance learning procedures. We are writing to share information from the UC Office of the President regarding the assessment of student tuition and fees. We understand what a difficult time this is for everyone and appreciate that students and families are navigating their financial situation amid uncertainty.

Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of the university community, students continue to earn full credit for their coursework and receive a wide variety of services. Mandatory charges - such as tuition, the student services fee, nonresident supplemental tuition, professional degree supplemental tuition and charges for self-supporting graduate professional degree programs - continue to help cover the faculty’s delivery of instruction and other educational costs. These include substantial additional costs related to emergency distance learning, as well as the cost of student services such as registration, financial aid and remote academic advising. Given these services, the University of California has not changed its policies or practices related to refunds for these charges. UCI will comply with this guidance.

The University continues to function even as many staff and faculty are working and teaching remotely. While certain aspects of campus operations are curtailed during this transition, many of the costs associated with campus-based fees continue, and new costs have been incurred during this time. The debt owed for student buildings and facilities and our need to maintain campus infrastructure continue despite the current crisis. The campus is now incurring additional costs, such as laptop rentals and other emergency distance learning related needs. Although we have converted to a remote learning environment, students remain on campus, and certain services, such as Student Health and the FRESH Basic Needs Hub have become even more important to maintain for those who are still here.

If you have concerns or need support, we are here to help. Please reach out to the following offices with your individual concerns:

We ask for your patience and understanding as we shift our Student Affairs and student services to remote access and an online delivery model. 

Sincerely,

Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean
Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning

Gillian Hayes, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean
Graduate Division