Arizona Universities Propose Tuition Hikes

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Arizona’s higher education leaders are demanding more money from students, while also exploring legal options to reduce tuition for some immigrants.

The state’s three public universities released tuition proposals Friday calling for increases of up to 5 percent for the next academic year. School officials said the proposed increases were modest amid skyrocketing enrollment and shrinking state funding.

Under the proposals, students at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona could see tuition increase by 3 percent next year, while Northern Arizona University’s incoming students face a 5 percent tuition hike.

The Arizona Board of Regents will discuss the proposals at a March 27 public hearing, which will include all three universities via videoconference. The board is expected to set final tuition and fee rates for the 2013 academic year when it meets in Tucson in April.

Board chairman Rick Myers said Arizona students would still pay less than students at other comparable universities.

“We are not out of control,” he said.

The board is also weighing its options to reduce tuition for some immigrants granted legal protections under a new Obama administration policy. Students who are in the country illegally often pay much more to get a college education compared with Arizona residents.

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