UA Approves Tuition Increase

The university says it evaluates tuition each year. UA President, Pat Gamble, proposed the 'modest' 2 percent raise for tuition costs.

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by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - Friday (9/28) the Alaska Board of Regents approved what they are calling the lowest increase in more than a decade. University officials say that even though the tuition is being increased students are supporting the hike.  The 2 percent increase is the lowest in the last ten years. Those who have been students on this campus in recent years say they have noticed their tuition slowly rise.

The university says it evaluates tuition each year. President Pat Gamble proposed the "modest" raise. He believes that after discussing it in depth over the last year this low increase is warranted.

If you are a full time in-state student you can expect an increase of $45 to $60 per semester; for those who travel from out of state their cost will be between $105 to $204.

UA says they want to strike a balance between helping generate resources to provide programs and services while keeping the cost of attending affordable. They also say students support and appreciate the limited increase.

"I'd rather not have any raise in tuition, I think every student would say that, I'm happy that its low, that their not raising it really high, but at the same time if were going to raise tuition I want to see what are resources that are going to be given back to us in return for the extra money." said Kenzie Masson, a student at the university.

UA says that the minimized increase will help attract enrollment for graduate programs. The increase is expected to begin in the fall of 2013.

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