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Higher Ed Officials Approve Tuition Hike

The Utah board of regents today approved some of the lowest tuition increases in a decade. 

The higher education authority approved a 5 percent system-wide increase for all eight institutions; although students at Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University will notice a 6 percent increase. Officials at those two institutions requested the additional 1 percent hike. Last year, the average increase was 5.6 percent. Higher Education Commissioner Dave Bueler says due to increased funding from the state legislature, the board of regents was able minimize the financial blow to Utah students.

"And yet we are all aware that college is increasingly expensive," Bueler says. "As a state like other states, almost every state in the country, we have seen a shift from responsibility for financing higher education from legislatures and the taxpayers more to students.”

A 5 percent tuition increase at the University of Utah translates to a $310 hike for the full school year. 

Tuition increases take effect for the 2013 summer term. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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