Major news organizations are reporting the 32% increase in college costs approved by regents for the university system in California as a “fee” increase, when it is really a “tuition” increase.  At colleges and universities across the country, “tuition” is the word used to describe what one generally pays for the privilege of taking classes, while “fees” are the add-on charges for the health center, student activities and other non-academic items.  For some reason, in California, the regents tag what is generally understood as “tuition” with the more innocuous  name of “fees.”  This is worth noting because the 32% increase in whatever you call it, when translated to dollars, is pegged to an existing average of $7788 for the cost of classes, which will mean an average rise in out-of-pocket costs of $2614 for a new grand total of $10,302.   To add insult to injury, the increase is  effective next semester.  So it’s not just some small fee amount being increased 32%, it is the core cost of attending a school in the UC system.  No wonder students are so upset and parents should be too.  What do you think?  What should be done to stem rising college costs?  Please share your views in Hoverings: A Blog for Current and Future Parents on