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UA students plead with regents not to hike tuition

Some University of Arizona students tried to make their case against a proposed tuition increase at the Tucson school.

About 50 students attended a hearing Monday telling the Arizona Board of Regents that raising tuition rates 22 percent would be an extreme hardship.

UA President Robert Shelton has proposed raising next school year’s base tuition and mandatory fees 22 percent, to $10,027 from $8,237, for in-state students because of state budget cuts.

The Arizona Daily Star reports UA would raise the cost for out-of-state and international students by 4 percent more, to $25,487 a year from $24,596.

One freshman student told the regents it’s an honor to attend the UA, but a large tuition increase will prevent her from returning next year.

The regents plan to vote on the proposal April 7.

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