UA Board of Regents approve tuition increase

By Elika Roohi
Sun Star Reporter

Board of Regents Vice Chair, Tim Brady talks about facility services on Friday afternoon during the monthly Board of Regents meeting. Seated to the right of Brady are Chair Cynthia Henry and UA President Pat Gamble. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss raising tuition. Dec. 10, 2010. Nina Schwinghammer / Sun Star

The University of Alaska Board of Regents met at UAF in the Butrovich Building Dec. 9 and 10.

The decision was made to raise undergraduate tuition 7 percent and graduate tuition 3 percent.  This tuition increase will come into effect for the 2012-13 school year.

“The rate is the minimum the multi-campus system predicts it will need to balance its budget for the fiscal year 2013,” said Kate Ripley, the Public Affairs Director.

The tuition increase was approved “well in advance, so students have time to plan,” Ripley said.

Several student government leaders urged the Board of Regents not to raise graduate tuition.  Ashton Compton, a Student Regent from UAF, proposed an amendment to forgo the graduate tuition increase, but the amendment did not have enough votes to pass.

The tuition increase was discussed through an advisory task force. The task force included students, community campus directors, and budget and financial planners.

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