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Apr 4, 2013 7:39 PM by Lorraine Rivera

University students face higher tuition

Students attending the University of Arizona next academic year will be paying three percent more in tuition and fees. On Thursday, the regents approved the rate hike for the 2013-14 academic year.

In-state students will now pay $10,391, up from $10,035. Non residents will pay $27,073, up from $26,231.

Regents said raising prices was not something they wanted to do but rather had to do. They said Arizona's universities must continue to be competitive while maintaining quality and serving a growing demand.

Michelle Cook, a student from Alaska, became emotional when she talked about paying more for her final year of school, "kind of burying myself in doubt when I graduate which is terrible. It's been tough on my family too, not just me. I work a lot, I have three jobs.

Though all universities saw an increase in tuition and fees the James E. Rogers College of Law received a decrease. Marc Miller the interim dean of the law school said the college plans to make up the revenue through other programs, "we're accessible, we're affordable and one of the best law schools in the country." The decision was made, in part, due to declining applications.

Kimball Smith, a second year law student, said the decrease will save him approximately $2,800. "It does make a difference simply because there's a family; a wife, and a little girl at home."

Resident law students currently play $27,288 a year, the 10.6 percent decrease has dropped tuition and fees to $24,306. Students from out of state paid $42,298 but because of the 8.2 percent decrease they will pay $38,768 this coming academic year.

Smith described how the costs can impact a student, "Extremely financially straining. I think a good part of law students, especially out of state students, walk out with about $100,000 in debt."

Miller anticipates the rate decrease will attract a broader range of potential students, "if by making law school more affordable, people who have an interest, a passion in becoming lawyers, are now able to do so that would be a great, great outcome."

That's something Smith agrees with, "it means a more competitive law school, a better talent pool and therefore better options for its students in the future."

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