Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition

Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) is additional mandatory tuition assessed to students enrolled in specific graduate and professional degree programs. The revenue from this tuition is specifically intended to sustain and enhance the quality of the professional schools’ academic programs and services. Fee levels are proposed by each degree program and revenue is retained by the school.

Annual Process for Establishing Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition Levels

Each year, programs that charge Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition are required to submit proposals to the UC Office of the President that are ultimately presented to the UC Regents for approval. This process is guided by the Regents Policy on Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (Regents Policy 3103, Regents Policy 3104) and requires the schools and campus to take the following steps:

  • Development of three-year plans for PDST levels at least every three years
  • Determine the actual annual proposed PDST levels within the parameters of the plan or develop a new three-year plan if the amount proposed would exceed the amount in the plan.
  • Consult with students and faculty on the proposed PDST levels and three-year plans.

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