- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Tuition at Rutgers University will be a bit more expensive for the upcoming academic year.

The university’s board of governors voted Wednesday to raise tuition 1.7 percent for undergraduate students, meaning a typical in-state, full-time arts and sciences undergraduate living at the school’s main New Brunswick campus will be charged $26,632 a year.

Board Chairman Greg Brown says that he’s pleased that Rutgers was able to keep tuition and fee increases “to a minimum.”

“In the face of ongoing budgetary challenges, the faculty and staff of this outstanding university are to be commended for continuing to provide an affordable, high-quality education for New Jersey’s top high school graduates,” Brown said.

The tuition vote came as Rutgers’ board approved the university’s $3.9 billion budget Wednesday. Tuition rose 2.3 percent last year, about 2 percent in 2014 and by 3.3 percent in 2013. The board also added an additional $500,000 to need-based student financial aid.

David Hughes, president of Rutgers’ faculty union, said that the university should be trying to lower its price and shouldn’t be content with a lower increase than other universities.

“Really the only comparison that matters, and the only one you need to consider, is whether the board is doing as much as it can do to make Rutgers affordable or doing less than it can do,” Hughes told NJ.com .

Costs vary depending on which school and campus a student attends.

Rutgers-New Brunswick students will pay $14,372 for tuition and fees. Rutgers-Camden arts and sciences students will pay $14,238 for tuition and fees (or $26,146 with room and board) and Rutgers-Newark students will pay $13,829 for tuition (or $26,888 with room and board.)

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