The University of Arizona is proposing a 2 percent increase for current in-state students this fall and a 5 percent hike for nonresidents.

And for the first time, incoming freshman would face a higher increase of 6 percent in exchange for a promise that their tuition won’t change for four years.

“We’ve worked hard to keep the proposed tuition increases to a minimum,” UA President Ann Weaver Hart said Friday in a statement.

The 2 percent increase for current in-state students, both graduate and undergraduate, covers the cost of inflation, Hart said.

The 5 percent increase for nonresident graduate and undergraduate students would help cover increased costs for utilities, operations, maintenance and other items that state government may not fund, she said.

Hart’s proposals still need approval of the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s public universities.

The 2 percent increase would add $190 a year to the tabs of full-time, in-state undergraduates at the UA’s main campus; they now pay $10,391 in tuition and fees. That figure would rise to $10,581.

In-state graduate students would face tuition bills of $11,723, an increase of $212.

Nonresidents undergraduates, who typically pay nearly three times as much to study at the UA, would see their total annual tab increase by $1,306, jumping from $27,073 to $28,379.

Under the new mandatory plan for incoming freshman, in-state students starting this fall would pay tuition and fees of about $10,960, a rate that would stay the same for eight consecutive semesters of study.

Nonresident freshmen would get a similar no-increase deal by paying 9 percent more when they start.

Tuition and fees are expected to raise $650 million for the UA this school year, about one-quarter of its $1.8 billion budget.

Next year’s budget has not yet been finalized.

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