TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tuition for incoming freshmen at the University of Arizona might be going up and community members have an opportunity to tell the university how they feel about that on Tuesday, March 27. The Arizona Board of Regents is holding a public feedback meeting on the main campus at Old Main in the Silver and Sage Room.
The U of A will not be increasing tuition for current undergrad students who live on campus but for incoming freshman students who would be residents at the university, tuition may go up. The proposed tuition increase for incoming freshmen resident students is a 2 percent increase, about $250 per student.
Arizona Board Of Regents president Bill Ridenour says, "This year's proposals align with the board's direction to keep tuition as low as possible while also allowing the universities to stay on course as they achieve critical goals for the state."
Incoming undergrad students for the 2018-2019 academic year will be guaranteed the new tuition rate for four consecutive years.
The cost of the four-year guarantee including mandatory fees and tuition will be higher than the 2017-2018 school year by $220 for students living on campus and $688 for students who would commute. At the U of A South branch campus in Sierra Vista, the change in mandatory fees and tuition will be $169 for residents and $623 for commuters.
The U of A says the 2 percent tuition increase will bring the university closer to the industry benchmark of 1 for every 1,100, meaning 1 counselor for every 1,100 students, in response to increased demand by students with mental health and wellness issues. There will also be additional staff in the Financial Aid Department and additional subsidies for childcare vouchers for graduate and undergraduate students among other things.
If you aren't able to make the meeting at the main U of A campus or the meetings at their satellite campuses (see photo for information) you can email in your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at 2020 N. Central Avenue, Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The deadline to send in your comments is April 2.