Will there be a tuition hike for spring 2018 semester?

Question

Will there be a tuition hike for the spring 2018 semester?

Response

At its next meeting, Nov. 9-10, the UA Board of Regents will consider increasing student tuition by 5 percent in academic years 2019 and 2020, except at Kodiak College and Prince William Sound College. At those two community campuses tuition would increase by 10 percent in AY2019 and 9.5 percent in AY2020. The larger increase for KOC and PWSC will bring tuition into equilibrium with tuition rates assessed elsewhere by the university over the next two years.

For the past three academic years tuition has increased by 5 percent annually, which has helped offset declining general fund allocations from the state. Tuition and fees for a four-year program at UA are about 88 percent of the average cost for a 4-year program in the western United States. Between now and November, President Johnsen will be engaging students through listening sessions and soliciting feedback on the proposed tuition increases.

A student tuition forum will be held on the Fairbanks campus Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5-6:30 in the Wood Center multilevel lounge.

— Monique Musick, public information coordinator, University of Alaska