The Arizona Board of Regents will be asked to set tuition and fees for the state's three universities during a two-day meeting that starts Thursday on the University of Arizona campus.
The UA is recommending no base tuition increase for resident undergraduate students and a little less than 3 percent for resident graduate students and all non-resident students. No new mandatory fees are recommended.
The current tuition request is slightly amended from the initial recommendation released in February, which would have applied the almost 3 percent increase to new resident undergraduate students entering in the fall, in addition to graduate students and nonresident undergraduate students.
Not increasing tuition for in-state students means the UA will need to further curtail expenditures, UA President Eugene G. Sander said when the amended proposal was announced.
The regents, who oversee the state's three public universities, will set tuition at their April 5-6 board meeting.
Other agenda items include:
- The regents will set tuition for the UA College of Medicine, the state's only public provider of medical education. The University suggests an increase of about 4 percent – not including universitywide mandatory fees – which would set resident medical student tuition at $27,850 and non-resident medical student tuition at $46,467. The amounts apply to students at the Tucson and Phoenix campuses.
- The board will set 2012-2013 residence hall rates for the three state universities. The UA will request that annual rental rates for undergraduate housing be increased by $157, or 1.5 percent, for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. For graduate housing, the University is requesting an increase of $19 per month, or 2.5 percent.
- The regents will present 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. This year, there is an honoree or set of honorees who has contributed to each university as well as one for the Board of Regents. The nominees who have supported the UA are siblings Norman and Frances McClelland; both have given generous financial gifts to the University and are the namesakes of McClelland Park. Following his sister's death, Norman McClelland also established the Frances McClelland Chair in her memory. Northern Arizona University will host a celebratory event in honor of all the award recipients when it hosts the regents meeting in June.