- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 14, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) — Five states have announced mid-term tuition hikes and one of them is considering more as a response to the nationwide state budget crunch, an informal survey showed Tuesday.

Increases already have been announced in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia and Oregon, said the report by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Oregon State University is also considering two actions regarding tuition for winter and spring terms. A budget cut passed on to all state agencies will require a tuition surcharge of $38 per term for a full-time student. That will cover half the spending reduction.

Oregon will vote Jan. 28 on whether they wish to raise income taxes for three years to help offset the shortfall.

The proposal is expected to fail, so the university will need to impose an additional $119 per term for a total surcharge of $157.

A negative vote also means the University of Oregon will raise tuition by $130 or 8.9 percent. For Portland State it would mean a $120 increase, or 12 percent.

Elsewhere:

— The California State System has announced a $72 increase or 10 percent. The University of California System will hike tuition by 11.8 percent, or $135.

— The University of Connecticut has called for 4.6 percent increase, or $108.

— The University of Delaware announced a 4.7 percent increase, or $120.

— An 8.4 percent increase — $385 — was announced at the University of Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University declared an 11 percent increase, or $300. At Virginia Tech, there will be a 13 percent increase, or $400.

The association cautioned that the survey was not the last word on mid-year hikes. Several institutions may still be considering them but have not yet announced them.





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