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University of Nevada Proposes Tuition Increase

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After years of budget cuts at the University of Nevada, the Board of Regents is now considering a proposal to raise tuition and fees.

University officials say since they were forced to downsize after the recession. Now, they want to get back to their previous levels. And they're going to need more of an income in order to do that. "We really need to focus on hiring more faculty and more support staff as we grow our student population here," says University of Nevada President Marc Johnson.

The main proposal on the table is an annual 4% increase in tuition over four years starting in the fall of 2015. To put that in perspective - a student starting at the university then - and taking a full course load for four years would pay about $4,000 more for his or her degree.

President Johnson calls the increase "modest" and says it will still keep the university at an affordable level.

Students we spoke to at the forum say they have mixed feelings.

Junior Kayla Franklin says, "as hard as it would be, I think it is modest, a modest increase, and could potentially be beneficial to the university in the future."

Senior Doug Stadler adds, "it just seems kind of crappy to throw all this extra money on top of our debt that we're already dealing with."

Keep in mind- this is still just a proposal. The Board of Regents will discuss it at their meeting in March and then make a final decision in June.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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