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UA asks for tuition increases to cover half of cuts in state funding

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The University of Arizona is asking for a 4-10.9 percent tuition increase for all incoming undergraduate students, as well as a 2.75-5.8 percent increase for current students who did not sign up for a guaranteed tuition plan last fall.

That would be a $291 increase for Arizona residents and a $1,646 increase for nonresidents.

If approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, the planned increases would cover less than half of this year's cut of $28.5 million in state funding, the release said.

The UA's press release Friday touted that they would not raise tuition for students who were part of the guarantee plan.

The proposed 2015-2016 plan would bring the in-state tuition rate to $11,403, and the out-of-state tuition rate to $32,630 the release said. There would also be additional mandatory fees for those students.

The proposal also said that undergraduate students who did not opt into the guarantee program last fall would be able to enroll this year at last year's rate.

Graduate students would experience a 2.77 percent increase for in-state graduate tuition and 5.8 percent for out-of-state tuition. That's $325 more for residents and $1,665 for nonresidents.

At UA South, continuing residents would pay an additional $244, and nonresidents would pay $1742 more. Incoming undergraduate students who choose the opt-in guarantee plan would pay a resident rate of $8,993 and nonresident students would pay $32,125 for up to four years.

A 3.5 percent increase in resident and nonresident tuition was recommended for the Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, which would bring resident tuition to $30,284 and nonresident tuition to $50,527.

A public hearing to discuss the tuition recommendations has been set for April 20, 5-7 p.m., at the Gallagher Theater in the student union. On the UA South campus in Sierra Vista the meeting will be held in the Academic Technology Building, Room B153.

ABOR will vote on the tuition plan during a video conference, May 4, at 2 p.m. The conference will be simulcast at UA's Old Main, Room 227.

See the 2015-2016 proposal here.

2015-2016 tuition proposal

Incoming freshmen in-state tuition and fees

  • 2014-15 – $10,957
  • 2015-16 – $11,403
  • dollar increase – $446
  • percentage increase – 4.07%

Incoming freshmen out-of-state tuition and fees

  • 2014-15 – $29,421
  • 2015-16 – $32,630
  • dollar increase – $3,209
  • percentage increase – 10.9%

Current in-state undergrads without guarantee

  • 2014-15 – $10,581
  • 2015-16 – $10,872
  • dollar increase – $291
  • percentage increase – 2.75%

Current out-of-state undergrads without guarantee

  • 2014-15 – $28,379
  • 2015-16 – $30,025
  • dollar increase – $1,646
  • percentage increase – 5.8%

In-state grad students

  • 2014-15 – $11,723
  • 2015-16 – $12,048
  • dollar increase – $325
  • percentage increase – 2.77%

Out-of-state grad students

  • 2014-15 – $28,705
  • 2015-16 – $30,370
  • dollar increase – $1,665
  • percentage increase –5.8%

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