State university tuition hike in presidents' hands

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FLAGSTAFF -- The presidents of Arizona's three public universities have been given wide latitude to decide how much to raise tuition next year.

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a plan capping maximum tuition increases at about 13 percent to 15 percent for University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

But they gave schools discretion on exactly how much to propose to charge starting with the 2009-2010 school year. The regents set a range from about $160 to $725 more per year. Presidents will come back to the board by the end of the year with their proposals.

Maximum tuition and fees for resident students were capped at $6,257. That is up from about $5,500 this year.

Current students at NAU and ASU will have only modest increases because of a policy that locks in their payments. The UA did not adopt that plan.

Information from: Arizona Daily Sun

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