According to an article by Gloria Goodale in the Christian Science Monitor:
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.
Berkeley’s chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, said the school instituted the plan because “we see early signs that middle-income families who cannot access existing assistance programs are straining to meet college costs.”
Berkeley will finance this tuition policy though additional fund raising and the high cost that out-of-state students pay to attend the school.
I guess the tuition cap is rather nice for the families it applies to but it seems to me something has gone a little wrong with public higher education when this step is necessary. Berkeley is a public college. Its tuition rate should be affordable to everyone, rich or poor. Why is the special discount necessary?