Students, professors and administrators gathered on the University of Arizona campus on Tuesday night for a chance to share their opinions with the Arizona Board of Regents about the recent tuition proposals for the state's three public universities.
The hearing was linked by webcast to simultaneous hearings at other campuses around the state.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart asked ABOR to approve a tuition increase of 2 percent for in-state students, and raise out-of-state tuition by 5 percent.
The university is also proposing a guaranteed tuition level for incoming first-year undergraduates.
Tuition for that would be 6 percent higher for in-state students and 9 percent for out-of-state, first year students. Then the tuition would freeze for four years, in accordance with Gov. Jan Brewer's call earlier this year for universities to keep tuitions stable.
Morgan Abraham, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, spoke at the hearing.
“We kind of accept the current proposal from Dr Hart. We think it’s a little bit high but not the worst thing that could happen compared to what we’re getting from the state Legislature," he said. "But we think the solution to the problem is guaranteed tuition, and we hope that the regents see that as well and they’ll vote for it."
This year, Arizona residents paid $10,390 in basic tuition. The proposed increase would add $207 to the current students’ tuition bills. Incoming first-year students’ tuition of just over $11,000 would be guaranteed for all four years of studies. Out-of-state students pay a little less than three times that of Arizona residents.
The board will make a final decision on the tuition increases in a meeting at the UA campus on April 3.