University of California Student Association

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University of California
Student Association
Founded February 11, 1971
15 University of California student governments[1]
Affiliations United States Student Association
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
7 staff members
Formerly called
UC Student Lobby

The University of California Student Association (UCSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization, purposed as an association of student governments in the University of California (UC) system. It describes itself as providing "official representation of the student body of the University and the various campus student governments"[2] to the UC system's governance structure. The Association plays a part in various aspects of the UC system's governance, including the selection of the student representative on the UC Board of Regents.[3]

It has been noted for its opposition to education funding cuts[4][5] and increases in student fees[6][7][8] and for its support of affirmative action in enrollment policies.[9] The association mobilizes students via voter registration campaigns; it recorded 26,000 new voter registrations in 2006, and added 12,300 new registrations in 2008 for the California Democratic and Republican primaries.[10]


As of the 2014-2015 academic year, the UCSA board of directors[1] included members selected by the following University of California student governments:

Former members[edit]

Registered public charity[edit]

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has determined that UCSA is "exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code" and that UCSA is a "public charity".[13] UCSA is registered with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts as an "Unincorporated Association".[14]

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  1. ^ a b UCSA Board of Directors.
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  4. ^ Jacoby, Pat (2007-05-17). "Marco Murillo, New President of UC San Diego Students, Credits Preuss School With Opening Scholastic Perspectives". Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ Schevitz, Tanya; Kevin Fagan and Matthew Yi (2008-04-22). "Nearly 2,000 protest college spending cuts". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ Avila, Theresa (2008-05-15). "The Daily Bruin - Fee hike leads to protests". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  7. ^ Miran, Aria (2008-01-18). "Regents To Postpone Increase in Student Costs - Daily Nexus". Retrieved 2009-02-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ Jacobson, Jennifer (2003-09-19). "The Chronicle: 9/19/2003: Students Sue States Over Tuition Increases but Face an Uphill Battle". Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. ^ "The Board of Regents, September 1998" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  10. ^ Galio, Katalina (2008-01-23). "12,300 UC Students Registered in Time for Primary - The Daily Californian". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ Menendez, Sarah S. "UCI Leaves UCSA". New University, March 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Internal Revenue Service, letter dated December 15, 2013.
  14. ^ UCSA’s State Charity Registration Number is CT0211086. The registration records may be searched online; Registry of Charitable Trusts.

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