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Arizona changes fee system for student group

PHOENIX — Students at Arizona’s state universities won’t automatically
have to pay a $2 fee per semester to support a statewide student association.

The Board of Regents is scrapping the refundable automatic fee and changing it
to an opt-in system in which students will decide up front whether to pay the

The regents’ decision follows some student leaders’ criticism of the Arizona
Students’ Association’ decision to spend $122,000 to support a ballot measure
for a sales-tax increase for education and other state programs.

Association leaders said they’re concerned about the impact of the switch. They
say they consider it retaliation for supporting the sales tax increase, which
voters rejected.


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