UC Berkeley's plan, similar to tuition caps at elite private institutions, is the first such initiative at a public university. It will cap costs at 15 percent of household income for families earning between $80,000 and $140,000.
As of fall 2012, the flagship campus in the UC system will cap the amount that families with annual incomes between $80,000 and $140,000 must pay at 15 percent of household income.
The MCAP (for Middle-Class Access Plan) is the first such initiative at a public university. Several top-tier private schools such as Harvard, Princeton, and Wellesley College have either capped tuition at 10 percent of income for families earning under $200,000 or limited the amount of student debt at graduation to less than $15,000.
Unveiling the plan at a press conference, Berkeley’s chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, noted that the move is in recognition of California’s high cost of living and the challenges mid-range families face as they price out of aid available to the poorest students, not to mention the significant tuition increases of recent years.