U of A Trustees Consider Tuition Hikes

Four of the five UA system schools are asking the Board of Trustees to allow increases of around 5% or more. UALR and UAPB want to hike tuition by slightly less than 5%, and the Monticello and Fort Smith schools are asking for even bigger increases.

The schools all argued that they need the extra money for things like increasing enrollments, technology enhancements, faculty raises, and dwindling state funding.

UALR's Chancellor Joel Anderson says the bottom line is we need to get used to this because the state is slashing their higher education budget, and he doesn't think it will change anytime soon.

"That's been the long term trend line as we meet here today. I don't think it's any reason that there's going to be a change--so that's a great concern," said Chancellor Anderson.

The tuition hike, in actual dollars, will variy from school to school, but it falls in the range of about $300 to $500 more per year.

The Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision later this month.