The Arizona Desert Lamp

Tuition Surcharge Passes

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 30 April 2009

Nothing surprising here:

All in-state University of Arizona students will have to pay a $766 “economic recovery surcharge” to help partially offset roughly $77 million in state budget cuts since last summer. Non-resident students will have to pay $966 per year.

The hike, coupled with a previous $545 increase approved in December, means in-state students will have to pay $6,841 in tuition and mandatory fees next fall.

Non-resident students will have to pay a total of $22,543 in tuition and fees.

The Board voted 7-1 to approve the surcharges, and Regent Martinez must be commended for voting against the proposal. Better late than never, I suppose.

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  1. A. Hill said, on 30 April 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jesus, $6,481. When I started at UA the fall tuition was less than $3000. I know that was a while ago, but it wasn’t in a different decade or anything. Wild.

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 30 April 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Will Pell Grants and University Grants cover this? If not, I’m f%*$ed four ways from Sunday next year.

    • A. Hill said, on 30 April 2009 at 6:26 pm

      I think you might want to use your Pell grant to get some KY.

  3. A. Hill said, on 1 May 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Wait, did the article mean that the in-state tuition for the full academic year would be $6,481? If so, I guess (former Wildcat EIC) Aaron Mackey doesn’t recall that it’s paid on a semester-by-semester basis which is what caused my eyes to fall out of my head when I first read that number — the phrasing made it sound like that would be the fall tuition only.

    • Aaron Mackey said, on 4 May 2009 at 10:48 am

      Poor phrasing, I guess. I still remember that students pay per semester, but the goal of the sentence was to highlight how quickly the hike was coming, not to imply that students had to pay it all in one lump sum in the fall. With tuition numbers, I try to give the annual amount always because that’s usually what students and families use for budget planning purposes.

      Upon reflection, I should have put in a clarifying statement such as “$6,481 in tuition and mandatory fees a year beginning next fall.”

      Alas, those are the vagaries of language and deadline — having only five minutes to compose a story for our online “breaking news” product.


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