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Proposal would hike ASU tuition for resident undergrads to $9,200

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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 4:13 pm

Undergraduate in-state students enrolling at ASU for the first time in August will pay $9,200 in tuition under a plan proposed to the Arizona Board of Regents last week.

Arizona's three state universities released their proposals in anticipation of Monday's public tuition hearing.

The universities are facing another year of budget cuts. State payments to the schools have been cut by $230 million since 2008, according to the Regents. More cuts are proposed for next year.

Last year, Arizona State University adopted a two-year tuition plan. With it, incoming resident ASU students would have paid nearly $8,900.

But in January, Gov. Jan Brewer released her budget proposed for next year, which included $170 million in cuts to the three universities. That plan spurred higher tuition proposals across the board, ASU reports.

The universities' presidents all based their proposals on the governor's plans. Just days before their tuition plans were due, the state Senate passed its budget, which reduces the universities' budgets by $235, or an additional $65 million.

The universities' proposals note that tuition may be reconsidered if the state's final budget includes more than the anticipated $170 million in cuts to the schools.

At ASU, this year's resident freshmen pay nearly $7,800. They will pay an additional $1,240 under the current proposed tuition plan.

New fees or differential tuition are also being proposed for lower-division students in several colleges, including the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the W. P. Carey School of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Students at NAU and UA will also pay more under current tuition proposals.

At Northern Arizona University, new resident undergraduate students will pay $8,009, up $1,045. In Tucson, University of Arizona resident freshmen will pay just more than $9,100, a $1,500 jump.

David Martinez, lobbyist for the Arizona Students Association, told Capitol Media Services that university students have seen a 63 percent tuition jump in the last three years. Students at ASU, UA and NAU plan to hold rallies Wednesday to protest the Senate's proposed $235 million cuts to university budgets.

Monday's tuition hearing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public can comment via videoconferencing at the three universities. For information on the proposals or where to comment, see www.azregents.edu.

The Regents are expected to set final tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year at its April 7-8 meeting in Tucson at UA.

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