Ever Wish You Could Turn Off The News?
Some mornings, the front page of the newspaper is a real bummer. Not that we don’t appreciate the Arizona Republic’s support on Proposition 100, but the Friday March 12th story about Arizona’s university tuition increases struck a chord with us.
A college education isn’t a right – nor is it right for everybody – but you’d like to be believe it’s at least affordable. That belief is being sorely tested in Arizona right now – and it will be completely undermined if Proposition 100 fails.
The Republic reports:
On Thursday, the regents, who oversee the state universities, approved tuition hikes of more than $1,000 a year for all students at the University of Arizona and incoming students at ASU and Northern Arizona University.
Under the new rates, new ASU students will see their tuition and mandatory fees jump by 18.8 percent, or $1,288. That will bring the cost to $8,128 per year, starting this fall.
Current ASU students won't see their costs increase as much but will still face hikes of 11.9 percent to 12.7 percent, or $783 to $817 a year, depending on when they started.
Students at UA will pay the most, at $8,237 in tuition and fees. The regents approved an increase of 20.4 percent, or $1,403, for all undergraduate students at UA.
Freshmen at NAU will pay $7,667 a year, an increase of $1,040, or 15.7 percent. NAU officials said new students' tuition will be frozen at that level for the next eight semesters, although they could pay more in future years via fee increases.
About half of the undergraduate students at NAU's Flagstaff campus are already on fixed-tuition payment plans and won't see a tuition increase this fall.
The tuition increases are necessary, university officials say, because state lawmakers have been cutting their budgets during the tough economy.
Like we said, things will only get worse for college students if 100 fails. How much worse?
"I don't know what we would have to do," Arizona State University Provost Elizabeth Capaldi said, in reference to the university's response in the event of a failed sales-tax vote. "It is possible that we would have to have an additional surcharge, and that would be awful."
The hits just keep on coming here in Arizona. And Election Day is just 67 days away.
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