UNA Tuition Hikes Proposed For Upcoming School Year

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FLORENCE, Ala. - (WHNT) A lengthy agenda led to hours of discussion Monday for trustees of the University of North Alabama.

University leaders are discussing the possibility of an increase for the second straight year.

"Even in good times there's never enough money, and in bad times the challenge is even greater," admitted UNA President, Dr. William Cale.

Those expenses must be covered, which means the costs must get passed down.

Right now it costs undergrads $222 per credit hour to attend UNA.

During the retreat, officials proposed a rate hike of $51 per three credit hour class.

That means, a student taking a course load of 15 credit hours would pay an additional $255 per semester.

"We've been struggling with meeting needs and increased cost things like utilities, they don't go down in price,” explained Cale.  “We've been balancing to keep tuition reasonable and work within the resources available to us."

However this budgeted hike for the 2013-2014 school year would hit students for the second year in a row, after a raise of $18 dollars per credit hour last school year.

"We're trying to balance where we are with the state appropriation, keep tuition at a reasonable level, and then fund the various things we need to do in the next year."

The trustees will vote on the proposed tuition increase during their June meeting.

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