Arizona university students will get to speak up about the 2012-2013 tuition proposals during a March 28 hearing.
The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to set final tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year at its April 5-6 meeting at the University of Arizona.
Under proposals released Friday, Arizona State University’s in-state students would not see a tuition increase next school year. But out-of-state and all graduate students could see a 3 percent hike.
All three of Arizona’s state universities released tuition plans Friday.
This year’s in-state freshmen at ASU are paying $9,208 for tuition a year. Tuition and fees — depending on their academic colleges — bring their totals close to $10,000 annually. During the 2010-2011 academic year, ASU’s resident freshmen paid $7,800 in tuition.
Megan Riley, a sophomore at ASU studying political science, said she was pleased with the tuition plan announced by president Michael Crow.
“I think that’s definitely a good step in the right direction,” she said in a phone interview Friday. “I hope the Arizona Board of Regents approves this plan ... The last few years tuition rates have (increased) dramatically. Anything more would be like the straw that breaks the camel’s back for a lot of students.”
Riley has a merit scholarship, which covered her tuition and more her freshman year. But after last year’s increase, she had to have her parents help with costs.
But her tentative plans to attend graduate school or law school after finishing her bachelor’s degree may be put on hold, given what’s happening to those costs, she said.
Under Crow’s plan, out-of-state undergraduate students and all graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year would see a 3 percent increase in tuition.
Out-of-state undergraduate students are paying $21,807 a year in tuition right now. In terms of dollar amounts, with the proposed increase they would have to pay between $589 and $654 more, depending on their academic programs.
In-state graduate students currently pay $9,709 a year for tuition. They would see tuition go up $291.
For out-of-state graduate students — who now pay $17,874 — that figure would be an additional $715, according to ASU’s website.
All students also have additional fees. There are no new fees proposed in Crow’s plan.
University housing costs will be announced in a few weeks.
Costs may vary by colleges, but Crow said in a video to students that the minimal proposals will impact most students.
“Now, I have to tell you that this is not an easy decision. We still sit at the end of working our way through the financial difficulties that have been placed upon us as a result of the state budget reduction, but we believe that we can continue to advance the university to higher levels of academic success and higher levels of student success within this model,” Crow said in the video. “It does call on all of us to understand that this is a very modest increase, so there won’t be a large amount of resources for new investments. In fact, very limited if any resources, because we’re basically just keeping up with our higher costs that we’re receiving from others outside of us in the base economy itself.”
The state has dropped support to ASU to the tune of $200 million in the last few years, according to Crow.
New undergraduate students to Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus would pay 5 percent more than this year’s freshmen, under NAU president John Haeger’s plan. NAU offers students a “pledge” that whatever tuition they pay when they arrive, that will be their tuition for the eight semesters. So for 90 percent of NAU’s students, tuition would not change.
Other students would see between a 2 percent and 5 percent increase, depending on their academic status and campus.
The University of Arizona is also recommending no increase for current, in-state students.
An increase of about 3 percent is recommended for new undergraduate resident students entering in fall 2012, all resident graduate students, and all non-resident students.
Just this week, a House panel approved a plan that requires a majority of Arizona’s university students to pay at least $2,000 a year of their tuition to get an education, regardless of most financial aid they receive.
The plan would not impact student-athletes and some top students with academic scholarships.
Students and the community can participate in a public, interactive tuition hearing 5-7 p.m. March 28. It will be conducted via video conference at different locations around the state.
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