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House committee approves minimum tuition bill

A state House committee has approved a bill requiring full-time students pay generally $2,000 annually toward their tuition at a state university.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill 7-6 on Wednesday. It must pass through another committee before it goes before the full House.

The bill would prohibit students from using university-provided grants, scholarships or tuition benefits to provide the students’ minimum share.

Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills sponsored the bill and says he plans to make further changes.

The bill has exemptions for athletic scholarships and grants awarded solely on academic merit or a competitive program.

The state Auditor General’s Office reports that nearly half of the in-state resident undergraduate students paid no tuition or mandatory fees in the 2009-2010 school year.

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  1. This bill is outrageous. To help students and build a brighter future, you would lower the already impossible-to-pay tuition, not increase it. Prepare for an outcry of the people.

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