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UA asking for 3 percent hike; tuition more than doubled in 6 years

  • Hart was named the UA's first woman president in February 2012.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comHart was named the UA's first woman president in February 2012.

The University of Arizona is seeking a 3 percent bump in tuition, plus an $80 increase in library fees, to make up for state budget cuts. In-state undergraduate tuition would be $10,391, more than double the rate in 2007.

Six years ago, resident tuition at UA was $5,048. It was $10,035 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Over the past several years, the Legislature has cut $400 million from the state's universities, including more than $180 million from the UA's budget. That led Arizona's schools to raise tuition dramatically, despite a provision in the state Constitution that requires a university education to be "as nearly free as possible."

Enrollment at the state school topped 40,000 for the first time this year.

"This is an exciting time to be at the UA," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart in a press release freighted with repetitions of terms such as "optimizing."

"I could not be more pleased with the progress that various teams are making across our institution," Hart said.

"Our efforts will enable us to strategize, then model and cost-out all of our efforts as we move forward, increasing efficiency and optimizing our resources," Hart said.

Hart did not directly address the tuition hike in the release, which described the increase as "modest."

Under the UA proposal, non-resident tuition and fees would be $27,073, up from $26,231. At UA South, resident undergraduates would pay $8,246, up from $7,941, and non-residents would pay $26,650, up from $25,808.

For resident graduate students on the main campus, tuition and fees would be $11,511, up from $11,122, and $27,383, up from $26,533, for non-residents. At UA South, resident graduate students would pay $10,770, up from $10,390, and non-residents would pay $26,960, up from $26,114.

The Arizona Board of Regents must approve the tuition boost.

From the UA news release:

ABOR is expected to set final tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year at its April 4 meeting at the UA. Those who cannot attend the hearing can send their comments via email to the board at tuition@azregents.edu; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax at 602-229-2555.

All comments received prior to March 30 at 5 p.m. will be shared with the regents in advance of the April 4 meeting. Comments on tuition will not be permitted during the call to the audience at the April ABOR meeting.

ABOR will conduct a public interactive meeting on the tuition hike Wednesday, March 27, from 507 p.m. All of Arizona's universities will participate in the hearing via videoconference. Speakers will each have two minutes to comment.

UA locations for the hearings are the Gallagher Theatre, in the Student Union Memorial Center, and B153, Academic Technology Building, UA Sierra Vista.

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