The Arizona Board of Regents will set tuition for the state’s three universities next week, but before they do so, they heard from students about proposed tuition increases during an interactive statewide hearing.
About 50 people gathered at the University of Arizona’s Gallagher Theater Wednesday night to hear from presidents and student representatives from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and UA.
UA President Eugene Sander proposed a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students — which has not happened at UA for 20 years — and a 3 percent increase in tuition for graduate students and all non-resident students.
A split screen showed live streams from three ASU campuses, two NAU campuses and UA South, where students got a chance to share personal experiences and struggles they endure in order to pay the current tuition fees.
Many students thanked their respective presidents for keeping tuition increases to a minimum, but said even with tuition prices now, there is a significant need for state-based financial aid. Others asked for graduate students’ tuition to remain the same citing the importance of graduate degrees in the current competitive job market.
James Allen, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, commended Sander for proposing a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students. However, he said the freeze should include all out-of-state students and graduate students who are Arizona residents.
The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to set the final tuition rates at next week’s meeting.