U of A proposes 3 percent tuition increase for all students

U of A proposes 3 percent tuition increase for all students

CREATED Mar 27, 2013

Reporter: Justin Schecker

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Three percent does not sound like much, but when you're a college student trying to put yourself through school, it can add up.

That's how much tuition at the University of Arizona could go up next year for all students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Arizona Board of Regents will decide whether to approve this proposed raise on April 4. 

A three percent increase would cost in-state students $356 dollars more to attend the U of A. An in-state student working a minimum wage job would have to work another 45 hours to pay the tuition bill.  

Out-of-state students and their families would have to come up with an additional $840 and students paying for their tuition would have to work nearly an extra five days.   

U of A freshman and California native Katie Ferlmann is like many students, having worked multiple jobs to pay for a college education. 

"It's tiring, even though you have so much homework to do, you're tired after working your shift," Ferlmann said. "How am I going to get by with that extra cash, I barely scrape by paying for this year."

Last year was the first time in two decades the U of A did not raise tuition, but this year's proposed increase is smaller than previous raises during the recession.  

Prospective parent from New Jersey Martin Dzielak said every dollar counts.                        

"Ten times the price of my education," he said. "I really don't know where to begin. It is a stretch for middle class parents to send their child here."

U of A provost Andrew Comrie tells 9 On Your Side the school realizes rising tuition costs can be a challenge for some families.    

"We're intimately aware of that," Comrie said. "That said we want to be sure we provide the very best investment for that money that we can provide for the quality of education."

Comrie said he's hopeful the state wont further slash its education funding.     

Meanwhile, Ferlmann knows she may need to bring in additional income this summer. 

"It is worth it, it is the University of Arizona," she said. "I love it here, but it is a little disappointing."

This afternoon at 5 p.m. you can tell the U of A exactly how you feel about the proposed tuition increase. There's a hearing at the Gallagher Theater on the main campus. If you can't make it, you can email the board at tuition@az-regents.edu.