College tuition increased in California this spring

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After three years of declines, enrollment at California universities has increased 2% since last spring, according to the National Center for Student Clearinghouse Research.

The increase was largely due to a 7% increase in enrollment at California community colleges. The increase is not enough to catch up with pre-pandemic numbers: There were 898,598 community college students in the state this spring compared to 1.1 million in spring 2019.

This increase in the number of community colleges parallels a national increase of 0.5%. The National Student Clearinghouse attributes this to a growing number of dual-enrollment freshmen (12.8%) and high school students (8%).

After three years of slight gains, enrollment at public four-year universities in California fell 1.6% over the past year. That puts it at 736,811 students, or 1,189 students below spring 2019 levels. Enrollment at private nonprofit universities fell 4.4% to its lowest levels in four years to 280,364 students.

Nationally, enrollment in four-year colleges has declined, but at lower rates than in recent years. Those enrolled in public universities decreased by 0.5% and private non-profit organizations decreased by 0.2%. The National Student Clearinghouse sees this as a sign that the pandemic-era decline is leveling off.

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