Arizona’s three state universities presidents are proposing steep increases in tuition this fall, saying they are necessary to make up for cuts in state funding.
University of Arizona is proposing the steepest hike with a $2,130 jump in tuition and fees for undergraduate students, raising the cost by 31 percent, to $8,972 a year.
Arizona State University where President Michael Crow and his wife Sybil Francis are paid phenomenal salaries (as of last report back in 2007), is recommending a $1,286-a-year increase for new students, or 19 percent, bringing annual tuition and fees to $8,126. The daily reports that under the proposal, current ASU students costs would not increase quite as much but could still face hikes of nearly 14 percent, or $770 to $871 more a year, depending on when they started.
Incoming students at Northern Arizona University would pay $1,040 more a year, or 16 percent. The new charges would bring tuition and fees to $7,667 annually. NAU said Friday that new students’ tuition would be frozen at that level for the next eight semesters, though they could pay more in future years via fee increases.
The stunning proposals need the approval of the 12-member Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the three state universities. Individual contact information is here. Let your voice be heard. In this toughest of economic times, these steep increases will keep many students out of the education loop.
The Arizona Constitution Article 11, Section 6 requires that “the university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”