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NAU students voice displeasure over fee hike to support sports

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PHOENIX — A Northern Arizona University athletics official has been hearing some pretty negative response for a plan to hit students with a multimillion fee to support its teams.

Northern Arizona University Vice President for Intercollegiate Sports Mike Marlow’s sports-dedicated fee would add $3.1 million annually to the department.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Marlow and the school’s athletic department was looking to charge each full-time student on the Flagstaff Mountain campus a
$75 fee per semester.

Plans for the fee hike were set in motion before Marlow was named to the athletic director job in December.

Marlow and other school officials said the university was the only one in the
state and the Big Sky Conference that didn’t have a dedicated athletics-specific fee.

“We are certainly sensitive to the rising costs of college scholarships and the cost of an intercollegiate athletic program, but there are certain basic things we have to provide,” Marlow said at a campus forum, the Daily Sun reported.

“The NCAA tells us what those things that we can provide are, so we have to play within this game as well as we can.”

Some students said the university’s promise not to raise tuition during a four-year stretch was false advertising if fees can be added at the discretion of the Arizona Board of Regents.

The regents must give the final approval for the plan.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has already filed suit against the board over the in-state tuition hike at the three state schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.