Students at Arizona universities could pay more for 2019-20 school year

Mar 22, 2019, 2:00 PM
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PHOENIX — Students at Arizona’s public universities will have to fork over some more cash if they want to enroll next school year.

The Arizona Board of Regents released a series of tuition proposals Friday from the presidents at Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

ASU President Michael Crow proposed an average increase of 2.8 percent in tuition and fees increase for residents and 4.8 percent increase for non-residents.

UofA President Robert Robbins recommended a 2 percent increase for new resident students and a 1 percent increase for new non-resident students.

NAU President Rita Cheng proposed a 2.5 percent increase for new undergraduate students and a 3 percent increase for students not on the university’s guaranteed tuition program.

UofA and NAU leaders said continuing undergraduate students should not expect to see a tuition increase.

Some of the other proposals issued Friday included a new tuition and fee structure at ASU and increases in two mandatory fees at NAU, one for counseling and mental health services and another for sustainability efforts.

If the board approves the proposals, the tuition rates will take effect for the 2019-20 school year.

For the current school year, the base resident undergrad tuition was $10,822 at ASU, $11,564 at NAU and $12,447 at UofA.

“We appreciate the presidents’ work on these proposals and their commitment to maintain affordable options for students to obtain high-quality degrees at our public universities,” Chair Ron Shoopman said in a statement.

“The board looks forward to hearing from students and families at our public hearing and examining proposals in-depth at our tuition workshop before voting on tuition at our April meeting.”

Students will be able to comment on the tuition proposals during a statewide public hearing on April 2. Comments will be heard on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students and anybody else interested will be able to make comments in person at these sites from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • ASU Tempe campus, Memorial Union, Turquoise Room.
  • ASU West campus in Glendale, Verde Dining Pavilion Multipurpose, Room 104.
  • ASU Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Peralta Hall, Room 145.
  • ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, Student Center at the Post Office, San Carlos Conference Room.
  • NAU Flagstaff campus, Babbitt Administrative Center, BAC 206.
  • NAU Yuma campus, Arizona Western College, Academic Complex, AC Room 111.
  • UA Tucson campus, Old Main, Silver and Sage Room.
  • UA Sierra Vista campus, Academic Technology Building, B153.

Comments will also be accepted through April 8 at or through the mail at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ, 85004.

The board will hold a tuition workshop on April 4 where university presidents will present their proposals. The board will set the final tuition and fees for the 2019-20 school year on April 11.

Public comments will not be taken at the April 4 or April 11 meetings.

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