College tuition in Arizona could increase by no more than the cost of living every year and corporations could see tax hikes under a proposed voter initiative.
A group called Save Arizona's Students and Public Universities filed the initiative late last week. It has until July 2016 to collect more than 150,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.
Arizona’s most recent budget cut nearly a $100 million from the state’s three public universities. Northern Arizona University alone will lose $17.3 million and officials there have responded with a tuition increase for incoming students and the restructuring of several programs. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius sat down with NAU President Rita Cheng this week to discuss how the university is dealing with the cuts and what the future of higher education in the state might look like.
A recent report shows Arizona leading the nation in cuts to higher education since the Great Recession. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes just months after the state trimmed nearly $100 million from its three public universities.
The presidents of Arizona's three state universities are proposing to increase revenues through tuition or fee increases in the coming school year to make up for part of a $99 million cut in state funding.
A House panel voted this afternoon to require students at state universities to pay -- or at least borrow -- $2,000 a year toward the cost of their education.
Rep. John Kavanagh said students should have some skin in the game, saying they will take their schooling more seriously if they have made an investment. Kavanagh acknowledged that books might add another $1,500 a year.