- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tuition is going up for undergraduates at North Dakota University System schools, where some graduate programs will also see hikes.

System officials said Monday that requests for the 4 percent increase for undergraduates at the state’s 11 colleges and universities weren’t unforeseen, given the state’s tight budget and recent cuts in higher education funding.

The increase is the maximum permitted under the state budget approved by the Legislature, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2rc41ap ) reported.

Tuition changes also include a 9 percent increase for the University of North Dakota’s law school and a 5 percent increase for the pharmacy program at North Dakota State University. Tuition hikes for graduate programs weren’t capped in any legislation.

Kathleen Neset, chair of the State Board of Higher Education, said the increase is a fair result from the recent budget-slashing legislative session.

“This was a very difficult legislative session. We took very significant hits,” Neset said. “We still are in a relatively good position. I do believe the Legislature handled it very well.”

System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said one budget guideline was avoiding salary raises for employees for the 2017-18 school year.

Campus presidents will be able to make adjustments as needed, but any changes will need to be reported in budget documents. Colleges and universities are required to turn in budget proposals to the NDUS chancellor by June 19.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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