University of Arizona students face increases in tuition, fees

2013-03-15T12:18:00Z 2013-03-15T13:24:55Z University of Arizona students face increases in tuition, feesKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Students at the University of Arizona could face a base tuition and fee hike of 3 percent this fall and an $80 fee increase for libraries.

UA President Ann Weaver Hart’s recommendations for the 2013-14 academic year were announced Friday morning. The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the proposed plan when it meets April 4.

Tuition for UA undergrads who live in Arizona will go from $10,035 to $10,391. Other than the library fee increase, Hart did not recommend any other mandatory fee increases.

Hart had announced in December she anticipated tuition hikes of up to 5 percent for the next several years unless state legislators began restoring slashed funds.

The Legislature has cut about $400 million from the state university system since 2008, including more than $180 million in cuts to the UA alone.

UA’s undergraduate tuition rates increased by nearly 90 percent between 2008 and 2011.

The UA’s proposed tuition package also includes undergraduate non-resident tuition of $27,073, in-state graduate tuition of $11,511 and nonresident graduate tuition of $27,383.

UA students have experienced a tuition hike 25 of the past 27 years. Tuition for in-state undergraduates was frozen last year for the first time in two decades.

The board will conduct a public, interactive meeting on the proposed increase from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday March 27 at the Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center. Comments can also be e-mailed to the board at tuition@azregents.edu.

Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com

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