ABOR releases tuition proposals, tuition prices projected to raise

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Carmen Valencia | The Daily Wildcat The Arizona Board of Regents meets in the student union on Nov. 16 about degree programs, the capital development plan, tuition, and other things.

The Arizona Board of Regents released tuition proposals for the state's public universities Friday, March 16, showing an increase in tuition for all students except continuing in-state students with guaranteed tuition rates.  

In a memorandum sent to ABOR, University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins proposed increases of no more than 2 percent for current tuition rates, along with no changes in mandatory fees. 

“We've kept the tuition increase as modest as possible, and we will continue to pursue operational efficiencies to fund the initiatives identified in our next strategic plan,” Robbins said. 

Students attending the UA main campus will see an increase in combined tuition and mandatory fees between 1.8 and 1.9 percent, depending on Arizona residency status. 

Incoming in-state undergraduate students will pay $219 more in base tuition, bringing their combined tuition and fees total to $12,447. These students have the option to lock-in this rate their first year. 

Continuing in-state undergraduate students who do not have their tuition locked in will be paying $207 more than the current rate bringing their combined total to $11,831. 

Incoming out-of-state students will pay $686 more than the current rate, bringing their combined rate to $36,346. These students also have the option to lock-in this rate their first year. 

Continuing out-of-state undergraduate students who did not lock in their tuition with the UA will pay $623 more than the current rate, bringing their combined total to $36,346. 

Incoming in-state graduate students will pay $232 more than the current rate, meaning a combined total of $12,980. New out-of-state graduate students will pay $631 more, bringing the new rate to $33,329. 

Students attending UA South in Sierra Vista, Ariz. will see a tuition increase between 1.9 and 2 percent depending on their residency status. 

Incoming in-state undergraduate students attending UA South will pay $179 more than the current rate, bringing their combined base total to $9,614. These students have the option to lock-in this rate in their first year. 

Out-of-state incoming undergraduate students at UA South will pay $688 more than the current rate, bringing their combined base total to $35,545. They will have the option to lock-in this rate their first year. 

In-state students continuing at UA South who did not lock in their tuition will pay $170 more to pay a combined base total of $9,112. Continuing out-of-state students will pay $623 more for a new base total of $32,252. 

Incoming in-state graduate students at UA South will pay $225 more than the current rate, paying a combined base tuition and fees rate of $11,926. New out-of-state graduate students will pay $631 more, bringing a combined base tuition and fees rate to $631.

Base tuition and fees for the UA College of Medicine will increase by 2.9 percent regardless of Arizona residency status. 

In-state students attending the College of Medicine will pay $924 more than the current rate. They will pay a combined base tuition and fees rate of $32,916. Out-of-state students will pay $1,580 more than the current rate, bringing their combined base total to $55,444. 

Undergraduate students enrolled in UA Online will pay $10 more per-unit, which establishes new rate tiers of $500, $525 and $560. Rates for UA Online have not changed since its inception of fall 2015, according to the memorandum. 

The increases reflect ABOR’s goals of keeping college affordable for Arizona residents. 

“Tuition affordability and predictability have been crucial priorities for the board over the past several years, and I am proud that we have kept increases low for Arizona students and families,” said ABOR chair Bill Ridenour in a written statement. 

For Robbins, the increases are a result of collaboration across the UA. 

"The tuition proposal represents the collaborative work of university, faculty and student leaders in crafting a plan that addresses the shared highest priorities," Robbins said.

ABOR will be hosting state-wide public hearings for tuition rates on Tuesday, March 27, according to its press release. 


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