Friday, June 26, 2015

Budget cuts finalized, UA in process of deciding where - Matthew Rein, Wildcat

“Cuts to university budgets represent 63 percent of all hard cuts made in the name of balancing the state budget,” said ABOR President Eileen I. Klein a week after the changes were made. One of the main talking points at the ABOR meeting was tuition and how much it would need to increase in order to negate the effects of state spending cuts. For the upcoming school year, UA in-state freshman will pay $11,403 in tuition, which is a 4.1 percent increase from the previous year. The tuition rate in 2005-2006 was $4,487, meaning that over a ten year period, tuition has increased by an astonishing 154 percent at the UA. “It’s a lot harder to put kids through college now,” said pre-physiology freshman Alex Benavides. “Kids are going to be even more stressed out with student loans, and it’s definitely going to affect everyday life when you have less money to spend on food, entertainment, etc.”

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