Most University of Arizona students will pay 3 percent more for their educations next school year.

The Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state's public universities, unanimously approved the increase at a meeting in Tucson Thursday.

It will apply to everyone except UA law students, who will see their tuition reduced 8 percent to 11 percent.

UA undergraduates who live in-state will pay $356 more next year, bringing their tab for tuition and mandatory fees to $10,391 at the UA's main campus.

Nonresident undergrads will pay $27,073, an increase of $842.

At UA South in Sierra Vista, resident undergraduate tuition and fees will increase by $225 to $8,166. Nonresidents at UA South will pay $26,570 a year, an increase of $762.

Tuition brings in about one-quarter of the UA's $1.7 billion budget for its campuses and health-care facilities.

Next year's increases will help pay for things like improvements to online education, critical building repairs and programs to improve retention and graduation rates, UA officials said.

It may also help cover pay raises of 1 percent to 4 percent for UA personnel, whose wages have been frozen since 2007.

The UA this year froze tuition rates for most students, after UA undergraduate tuition increased by nearly 90 percent between 2008 and 2011, largely to offset about $180 million in state budget cuts to UA in that time.

Tuition also will rise next year by 3 percent at Arizona State University, and by 2 to 5 percent at Northern Arizona University.

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Also on Thursday, the Arizona Board of Regents directed its staff to investigate the possibility of reducing tuition — bu not to the level for in-state students —for young illegal immigrants who qualify under a new federal program that protects them from deportation.