Incoming freshmen at ASU could pay up to $10K per year

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tuition and fees for incoming freshmen at Arizona State University next fall could increase by 17 percent, to $9,546 a year.

That's if the Arizona Board of Regents approves the increases after March 28 hearings on the tuition proposals.

ASU officials say the amount of the additional proposed increase for in-state undergraduate students ranges from $314 to $536, depending on the student's year of admission.

They say a tuition hike would replace only 40 percent of an anticipated additional $78 million reduction in state investment.

The university already absorbed more than $45 million of prior cuts through eliminating more than 1,200 jobs, closing programs and consolidating schools.

ASU says its enrollment has grown by 34 percent since 2002 and the number of graduates it produces has grown by 45 percent.

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