UA Regents Approve Tuition Hike
Increase will be implemented for fall of 2011; more financial aid sought.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents met for the first time in three years on the UAS Auke Lake campus September 24-25.
The Board approved a 7 percent tuition hike beginning in 2011, despite objections by student leaders and some regents.
“We have a lot of students who are in need, not only in rural Alaska but in urban Alaska,” Regent Carl Marrs of Anchorage said during the meeting.
An effort by Regent Bob Martin of Juneau to cut the increase in half failed 4-5. It required six votes to pass.
The vote also was accompanied by some tough words for the Alaska Legislature. Both sides said the state should have a financial aid system similar to other states that is based on need.
Representatives from several academic programs and campus organizations set up displays and were on hand at a reception featuring international appetizers held in the Egan Library Thursday evening.