Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST)

Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition 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 school's academic programs and services. Fee levels are proposed by each degree program and revenue is retained by the school.

Process for Establishing Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition Levels

Programs that charge Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) are required to submit multi-year proposals to the UC Regents for approval. This process is guided by the Regents Policy on Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (Regents Policy 3103) and requires the schools and campus to take the following steps:

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