Sunday, March 22, 2015

NAU mulling tuition hike to fill budget gap - Daily Sun

Now that the FY2016 Arizona budget is lacking only the governor’s signature, local officials are parsing the language to determine how or if it affects their operations: The NAU is to receive $17.3 million less next year from the state, up for an original proposed cut by Gov. Doug Ducey of $13.1 million. Bjorn Flugstad, NAU’s vice president for institutional effectiveness, told students at a February public forum on tuition that a cut of that size would likely trigger a tuition increase of up to 3.5 percent, or roughly $300, for incoming freshmen this fall. Existing students would continue to pay the same tuition rates they paid as freshmen thanks to NAU’s Pledge program. NAU Public Affairs Director Tom Bauer said the university will have to reevaluate now that it is facing an additional $4.2 million in cuts.

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