Arizona Board of Regents to Vote on Increasing Tuition Fees

The unelected Arizona Board of Regents will meet today to consider voting to dramatically increase college tuition fees at Arizona universities. According to the Arizona Republic,

The presidents of the three state universities are requesting unprecedented “economic recovery surcharges” as a way to make up for a 20 percent cut in their state funding.

Arizona State University late Wednesday cut its request in half and is now asking for $600 a year for in-state students and $800 a year for out-of-state students.

University of Arizona wants $1,100 a year for all students. Northern Arizona University is requesting a $350-per-year surcharge, although current students enrolled in a guaranteed tuition program are exempt.

Is there another grand conspiracy involved in this move? Earlier this month, K-12 school districts across the state unnecessarily issued over 5,000 pink slips to teachers as a political move to create unrest and panic among the education community and ultimately direct that anger toward the legislature which was trying to balance the budget. Because the legislature was still deliberating budget adjustments, it was unable to say for certain what districts could expect. The legislature even attempted to push back the notification deadline back for breathing room but the Arizona Education Association fought the deadline extension in order to speed up the panic.

Could the Board of Regents be trying to achieve the same political results by causing a student revolt directed at the legislature? The Republic continues:

The universities already have cut back on faculty positions, made employees take furloughs and consolidated departments to try to close a $190 million cut in state funding this year.

Without additional revenue, “We do not believe we can run the university on a quality basis into this next academic year,” NAU President John Haeger said.

The proposed surcharges are unpopular with many students, largely because they come on top of already-approved tuition increases for fall that range from 3 to 14 percent, depending on the university.

The surcharges and tuition increases would result in total increases of up to 22 percent at ASU, 30 percent at the UA and 21 percent at NAU.

This is not the time to create new fees or increase tuition, unless of course the Board of Regents believes that the number of college grads is overinflated and a tuition hike will correct the bubble of individuals seeking white collar jobs. Remember, if the government wants less of something, it increases the cost of doing that something by taxing or assessing fees on it.

Governor Brewer is also expected to attend the meeting. Her office issued a press release yesterday that only stated that she plans on “highlighting her 5-point plan for Building a Better Arizona and discussing higher education funding in the State of Arizona.”

On what may be a related note, we see that, “ASU announces football game-day upgrades.” We sure hope that these enhancements were paid for out of private dollars!


Comments

  1. Veritas Vincit says

    Never cut a thing … it sets a poor example. Rather always raise the price.
    the Regents know that the consumer (students) will simply go further in debt to the federal government and ultimately be FORCED INTO VOLUNTARY LABOR under H.R. 1388, The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009

    Isn’t the new freedom fun?

  2. LiberalWatcher says

    Too bad. I was an ASU students years ago and there were tuition raises then and we all moaned and groaned. Then I got a friend was paying out state tuition and told me even with paying out state tuition, it was cheaper for him to come to Arizona to go to school – by thousands of dollars a year!
    Suck it up, get a job, get a student loan or do something. I did – I got my degree.
    Now it’s poor me, I can’t afford this. Back when I was there, guys were coming home from Vietnam, spat on and felt lucky they could use the GI Bill and get an education. And the GI Bill did not cover everything so they had to get a job and suck it up – and they did.
    I am tired of whinning, complaining 18-20 somethings with tatoos, piercings and left wing moanings. Most likely, they are the products of parents who never served, but demand service and just don’t get it.
    Either the universities got to cut the fat or raise the tuition, or both.
    The university fat has been there for years. I had one class that required a $35, 120-page paper bound book – and a year later the prof that required this book was called on the carpet because the book, written by a buddy of his – well that buddy author it turned out forged all his Ph. D. credentials. Oh yeah, I could not sell the book back as used, either, seems the University banned it. That was 1974.
    So, get a job, suck it up.
    And the Guv needs to get tough, too.

  3. Conservative does not mean Republican says

    LiberalWatcher,

    Who are you to tell me to suck it up? Do you know me? Based on your ridiculous comments, I highly doub it. Let’s see…you believe that us college kids are all a bunch of “18-20 somethings with tatoos, piercings, and left wing moaning.” Hmmm. Interesting because I am 23, married, and a staunch conservative. Both my wife and I are attending ASU and we both have a part-time or full-time job. So, yeah, I am sucking it up as you put it.

    Implementing these tuition surcharges places a financial burden on me and my wife. It is a literal “get out of jail free card” for a University administration that has grossly overspent and overexpanded. Now that their backs are up against the wall, they think they can just take the back door exit and pass the buck off onto the students. That shouldn’t be acceptable. The school’s administration should be held accountable for their actions and be forced to cut the budget down to size. I guarantee the University wastes thousands of dollars on programs and activities that are not cost effective. Let them figure out how to keep the school running without making one generation of students pay for it.

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