October 23, 2008
UC Irvine to Offer Free Tuition for Entering Law School Class
The ABA Journal News reported on its website on October 22, 2008, that the new law school opening at University of California at Irvine is expected to offer free tuition to its 60 student First Year entering class. The article explains that "UC Irvine hopes to attract high-quality students with the offer" at a cost of "about $6 million." For the entire article, see "Law School Free for UC Irvine's 2009 Entering Class" on the ABA Journal News website.
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This is understandable, but unfortunate. Charging no tuition is like capping tuition: it only benefits those who otherwise could and would afford to pay more. It leaves the institution without the funds it would have received from the more wealthy, which it then could use to assist those with greater need. It is therefore always regressive and it also denies the institution the resources with which to cross-subsidize, which in turn is one of the most important hallmarks of a charity.
Posted by: Harvey Dale | Oct 26, 2008 6:13:03 AM