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1.5% tuition increase for Utah colleges

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The Utah State Board of Regents approved a 1.5 percent tuition increase on March 30 for Utah colleges and universities. Utah Legislature and lawmakers approved this $68.4 million increase for higher education funding, following a 7.9 percent increase over the previous year.

Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler said of the lowest percentage increase pursued by the state’s higher education system for base tuition in eight years, “It reflects the funding that we received from the Legislature.”

Four universities have requested further increases above the base tuition increase: 2.4 percent each by the University of Utah and Utah State University; 1 percent at Weber State University; and 0.5 percent at Dixie State University.

Since most universities depend on tuition for at least half of their funding, this could go towards big things. The money could be used to provide a higher quality of education or maybe even more mental health funding.

Students at the University of Utah would see the largest increase of $300 for a total of $7,997. USU students would pay $238 more for a total of $6,343. And Snow College would see the smallest increase, $50 for a total of $3,326. Put these are just three among multiple universities that are increasing their tuition.

University administration suggested students use their personal email accounts to write their direct representatives, not to use a form letter, if students want to write their representatives to ask for additional funding for higher education.

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