John M. Quick/Flickr University Drive, Tempe, Arizona.
Arizona university students aren't exactly happy to pay more tuition, but during a public meeting with the Board of Regents last evening, many said they support proposed price increases in the name of maintaining quality amid deep cuts to state funding.
"It's not students' fault and it's not the administration's fault that the state chose to divest in our education," said Isaac Ortega, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. "But now we have to find a way to share the pain."
Presidents at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have proposed about a 4 percent bump in tuition for resident undergraduate students. At U of A, which lost $28.5 million in the state's latest budget deal, that brings charges up $446 to $11,403. Students at NAU will pay $10,358 to offset the loss of $17.3 million in taxpayer support.
Arizona State University President Michael Crow plans to keep in-state tuition flat at $10,157, but charge students a one-time $321 fee to help fill in the $53 million gap the Legislature carved out of the budget. The institution is trying to keep tuition and fees as "low as possible," he said. "Even with these adjustments," in-state tuition prices "are highly value oriented."
All plans increased costs for out-of-state students by between 4 and 15 percent.