Large tuition increase ‘likely’ at USU, Albrecht says

Students are likely to see a 6-8 percent increase in Tier II tuition for the next school year, USU President Stan Albrecht said Tuesday.The possible increases in both Tier I and II tuition are looking much lower than they did a few days ago, Albrecht said, but now the numbers, which will be finalized and reported March 11, are in the range originally anticipated by USU administration.”From our perspective, it’s doable,” Albrecht said, especially because numbers from the Utah Legislature were looking so grim just one week ago. “The numbers they were looking at would have been devastating. It would have meant double-digit increases for sure.”Albrecht said the good news for the expected numbers is that it will help establish a bottom line by potentially making some of the money dedicated to backfilling ongoing budget cuts permanent.”But it’s not over till Thursday,” Albrecht said.Albrecht said that discussing tuition increases with students is always difficult for him, but he and the rest of the university are committed to making USU accessible. He said he believes no one should be denied a USU education if they are “prepared for one and desire one.”

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