Arizona Board of Regents to vote on proposed UA tuition increase
CREATED Apr. 4, 2013
Reporter: Justin Schecker
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - University of Arizona students and parents are anxious this morning to find out whether they will need to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for a college education.
The Arizona Board of Regents is scheduled to vote this morning whether to approve a tuition hike. U of A officials have proposed a 3 percent increase for all students.
Three percent is a smaller increase than in previous years. Undergraduate tuition rates went up nearly 90 percent between 2008 and 2011.
If the Board passes the proposal, in-state residents will pay $356 more a year. For out of state students, a three percent increase means paying an additional $842 per year.
"Ten times the price of my education," prospective parent Martin Dzielak told 9 On Your Side. "I really don't know where to begin. It is a stretch for middle class parents to send their child here."
U of A freshman Katie Ferlmann is like many students, paying for her own education.
"How am I going to get by with that extra cash," Ferlmann said. "I barely scrape by paying for this year."
The University of Arizona provost Andrew Comrie told 9 On Your Side the school realizes any increase can be a challenge for some families. He said the proposed increase is a matter of maintaining a quality of education, keeping up with inflation and coping with reduced state funding.