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ABOR: No Tuition Increase for UA Resident Undergrads
In-state undergraduate students will not see a tuition increase in 2012-13. For graduate and out-of-state students, tuition will go up by 3 percent, and tuition for College of Medicine students will go up by about 4 percent.
The Arizona Board of Regents set 2012-13 tuition and fees and residence hall rates for the state's three universities on April 5 during its two-day meeting on the University of Arizona campus.
The board followed the UA's recommendation to hold the line on tuition and fees for all resident undergraduates. The rate for new and continuing in-state students will remain the same as 2011-12: $10,035 for the main campus and $7,941 for UA South.
The regents did not continue last year's $750 rebate to UA resident undergraduate students.
For resident graduate students and all non-resident students, tuition will go up by less than 3 percent, but no new fees will be added. Resident graduate tuition and fees will be $11,122 for the main campus and $10,390 for UA South. The non-resident graduate rate for the main campus will be $26,533 and for UA South, $26,110.
Tuition and fees for non-resident undergraduate students will be $26,231 for the main campus and $25,808 for UA South.
The regents also set tuition for the UA College of Medicine, the state's only public provider of medical education. The board increased tuition by about 4 percent, not including university-wide mandatory fees. Resident tuition will be $27,850 and non-resident tution will be $46,467.
The board also set 2012-13 residence hall rates for the three state universities. At the UA, annual rental rates for undergraduate housing will increase by an average of 1.48 percent. Rates will range from $5,399 to $7,519, depending on the residence hall.
Graduate housing rates in La Aldea will decrease by an average of 2.54 percent, ranging from $590 to $930 monthly, depending on the floorplan.
Also at the meeting, the regents selected recipients of the 2012 Awards for Outstanding Service to Higher Education. The awards were established in 1996 to recognize outstanding service to one or more of the state's universities, or higher education in general, by a member of the Arizona community.
The UA-affiliated recipients are siblings Norman and Frances McClelland. Both of them have given generous financial gifts to the University and are the namesakes of McClelland Park. Following his sister's death, Norman McClelland established the Frances McClelland Chair in her memory.
Northern Arizona University will host a celebratory event in honor of the award recipients when it hosts the board meeting in June.