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Utah Regents approve tuition increases for next school year

Published March 29, 2013 10:05 pm

Higher education • Students at UVU and SLCC will see a 6% boost due to declining enrollment.
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Sandy • The Utah Board of Regents signed off on tuition increases of 5 percent at most public colleges and universities Friday.

Two colleges dealing with enrollment declines, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University, will add an additional 1 percent increase for a total bump of 6 percent.

"This is the lowest increase in a decade [at many schools] and yet we are aware that college is increasingly expensive," said David Buhler, Utah commissioner for higher education.

Colleges won't have to raise tuition as much next year in part because they are getting more money from the state — ongoing funding for higher education went up 6 percent this year.

Tuition at Utah colleges and universities has risen sharply in recent years as state funding was cut by 13.4 percent during the recession. "Like almost every other state in the country, we've seen a shift in responsibility from the Legislature onto the students," Buhler said.

Here's how increases will change tuition at Utah schools:

Utah colleges and universities

University of Utah

2013-14 tuition • $6,511

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 6 percent

Utah State University

2013-14 tuition • $5,273

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 6 percent

Weber State University

2013-14 tuition • $4,159

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 5 percent

Southern Utah University

2013-14 tuition • $5,208

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 6.5 percent

Snow College

2013-14 tuition • $2,830

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 7 percent

Dixie State University

2013-14 tuition • $3,642

Total increase • 5 percent

2012-13 increase • 5.5 percent

Utah Valley University

2013-14 tuition • $4,368

Total increase • 6 percent

2012-13 increase • 4.5 percent

Salt Lake Community College

2013-14 tuition • $2,924

Total increase • 6 percent

2012-13 increase • 4.5 percent —

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