AZ Universities Want Students To Pay More, Propose Increases In Fees, Tuition

Presidents Crow and Hart raise tuition and fees once again

The presidents of Arizona’s three public universities released their tuition proposals for the 2017-18 academic year on Friday, and students will once again face increased costs. All three universities are proposing either increased tuition or increased fees or both.

ASU proposal:

Resident undergraduate students will see a a $150 tuition increase. Tuition, surcharge and mandatory fees would increase from $10,640 to $10,792.

Resident graduate students will see a $160 increase, with total tuition, surcharge and mandatory fees increasing from $11,776 to $11,938.

No change is proposed for the resident surcharge or mandatory fees. Arizona Financial Aid Trust Fees, a statutory calculation, will increase by $2 on all tuition categories.

Non-resident undergraduates and graduates will see a tuition increase of $900 and $990, respectively. Non-resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees will increase from $26,470 to $27,372 and non-resident graduates from $28,882 to $29,874.

For international undergraduate and graduate students, the proposed increase in tuition is $1,240 for undergraduate and $1,350 for graduate students. Tuition and mandatory fees for international undergraduate students will increase from $28,270 to $29,512 and from $30,682 to $32,034 for international graduate students.

Did you know?

In September of 2015, while demanding more money from the Legislature, the Arizona Board of Regents raised the salaries of all three university presidents. Arizona State University President Michael Crow received a $150,000 raise for the 2015 fiscal year for a total compensation of nearly $1 million. University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart received an increase of $115,000 for a total compensation of approximately $753,700. Northern Arizona President Rita Cheng received an increase of $40,000 for a total compensation of approximately $560,200.

UofA proposal:

For all entering resident and nonresident, undergraduate and graduate students in 2017-2018, the UA has proposed a tuition increase of 1 percent and an increase in some mandatory fees:

● Information Technology/Libraries, an increase of $55 to $535, directed to wireless connectivity upgrades, and digital tools and software for students (first increase in four years)

● Health and Recreation, an increase of $125 to $425, dedicated to expanded campus health services (medical and psychiatric) and recreational center facilities and programming (first increase in seven years)

● Student Services, an increase of $70 to $150, for additional retention, graduation and career initiatives (first increase in nine years

There will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the 92 percent of current University of Arizona undergraduates whose tuition and mandatory fees already are locked in under the UA’s Guaranteed Tuition Plan.

A new fee to support athletics programs, facilities and improvement of the student and fan experience will be $100 for incoming undergraduate students and $50 for incoming graduate students.

Incoming graduate students will be able to opt out of the fee. Graduate students who choose to pay the fee will receive free admission to all sporting events other than men’s basketball.

Undergraduate students will receive free admission to all sporting events other than football and men’s basketball.
The Zona Zoo membership program for football and men’s basketball will remain.

The proposed plan for incoming students freezes tuition and mandatory fees at $12,228 for Arizona residents and $35,658 for nonresident undergraduates for eight semesters of continuous enrollment.

NAU proposal:

Fall tuition for incoming undergraduates and all graduate students includes an increase. If approved, total tuition and mandatory fees for incoming resident undergraduate students starting on the Flagstaff campus in fall 2017 would be $11,059, with the base tuition guaranteed for four years. NAU changes include: 

Flagstaff campus

  • New resident undergraduate students: $11,059
  • New nonresident undergraduate students: $24,841
  • Resident graduate students: $10,261 ($272 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $22,609 ($632 increase)


  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,867 ($359 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $21,015 ($605 increase)
  • Resident graduate students: $9,651 ($273 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,999 ($633 increase)

NAU Statewide

  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,867 ($220 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $21,015 ($604 increase)
  • Resident graduate students: $9,651 ($272 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,999 ($632 increase)

Personalized Learning

  • Personalized Learning: $3,000/six-month subscription (no change)
  • Personalized Learning-RN to BSN program: $3,750/six-month subscription (no change)


  • Undergraduate
    • $425 per credit hour for 9 credit hours and below; at 10 credit hours and above, per credit hour increments will be $125 per credit hour
  • Graduate
    • $550 per credit hour for 9 credit hours and below; at 10 credit hours and above, per credit hour increments will be $200 per credit hour


  • Resident undergraduate students: $6,315 ($472 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $17,903 ($1,387 increase)

Next on the tuition-setting calendar

The Arizona Board of Regents will hold a public hearing for students and individuals to comment and provide feedback regarding the tuition proposals from 5-7 p.m. on March 28. Comments at the tuition hearing will be heard on a first-come, first-served basis at sites throughout the state.

On Thursday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ABOR will host a tuition workshop where the university presidents will present their proposals. The meeting will be held at the ASU Memorial Union, Turquoise Room.

On Thursday, April 6, the board is expected to set final tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year. The meeting will be held at the University of Arizona.

Public comment on tuition will not be taken at the March 30 or April 6 meetings given the statewide public hearings being held on March 28. Individuals may also send comments via e-mail to the Arizona Board of Regents at; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax at (602) 229-2555. Comments received prior to April 3 at 5 p.m. will be shared with the regents in advance of the April 6 meeting.

10 Comments on "AZ Universities Want Students To Pay More, Propose Increases In Fees, Tuition"

  1. I have a very simple solution to this greed. SCREW these people! Speaking from experience, all one has to do is a simple cost analysis. College today no longer holds the prestige anymore like it used to (unless you like “safe places” and binge drinking) because costs outweigh benefits by a long shot and they’re still asking for more. I have a daughter with a masters in education. She became a teacher and we know what they make. A Son with a bachelor’s in something I can’t even pronounce, he is now an expert in his field and still makes under $20/hr. At the same time my youngest daughter and two Son-in laws, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson who only went to College a short time because of their mafia type loans are all bringing in between $65K & $80k! They are getting their specific training and education from the companies they work for. Please think twice before making this money sucking decision, even if you can afford to pay cash. If you have to look up college cost analysis you’ll find it right next to government hard money loan.

  2. Listen to a Mom | March 20, 2017 at 9:37 am |

    The costs/fees are out of control and there are many reasons for this. Student loans and grants are passed out like candy from the “official” student loan lender-The Fed Gov’t.

    There isn’t a reason in the world for a University to not raise their fees year after year. No one tells them they can’t despite being funded with our tax dollars. The Legislature doesn’t seem to be able to reign ABOR in, student complaints and public outcry is ignored. Money is practically printed with the Universities names on it. Doing a multi-year search, AZ Board of Regents typically has gotten their requested tuition and fee increases.

    Attracting out of state students is very lucrative for colleges–more grants/loans accompany students who can attend an out of state school. Many colleges are luring students in with amenities like “Lazy Rivers,” 25 person hot tubs, climbing walls, spas, restaurants and more! These items all appear in the shiny brochures mailed to high school students after they’ve taken either the PSAT, SAT, or ACT test. That’s a big way to get on the “mailing lists.”

    Academics seem to be the “B” team in their marketing agenda.

    I was surprised to learn incoming Freshman don’t automatically have the option to have all their classes taught by a professor or TA (teacher’s asst) for their 100/200 level classes. Many of those classes have shifted to online as many professors prefer to teach the upper division classes or work their research projects with grad and phD students. So far, I don’t see the students pay fewer dollars for online classes. They do pay additional technology fees.

    Gen X, Gen Y, and the Millennials got the message that a college degree was your meal ticket to a good job. Also in that message was the notion that skilled trades or jobs that weren’t behind a desk were somehow “less than.” It was a terrible message and fewer students learn trades. If you weed through where a large portion of un-filled jobs have been throughout the great recession to now…many specialized trade skill jobs remain unfilled.

    We are still sending the message to students that college is their meal ticket–each day they open a Common Core text book,
    or complete a CC worksheet, somewhere on most all of them it says “college and career ready” that subtle message is there. It is too bad those standards don’t even remotely guarantee that despite the 7 years of marketing propaganda the public has heard on Common Core.

    Every student who works hard, applies himself, and wants to got to college should. But to somehow keep saying doing anything else is a marginal goal is wrong and short sided.

    We aren’t learning from our mistakes. Now many college grads are watching Big Biz out-source their jobs and exploiting H1-B Visas and the other menu of “job visas” to the detriment of American workers. Even “sweet” Disney is doing it and require the laid off Americans to hire their replacements who do the same job but for a lot less money/benefits.

    Now incentivizing interest in STEM careers is all the rage… there will be an over-abundance of those grads, too.

  3. Working Man Blues | March 20, 2017 at 10:25 am |

    Ouch! Oops. I knew there was a reason I sent my kids to other schools. The Western University Exchange programs let’s you attend those out of state schools at in state rates. Plenty of small colleges out there where you can still get a degree without all the Big School Elitist Indoctrination BS. Bs doesn’t stand for Bachelor of Science.

  4. According to Greg Lukianoff of F.I.R.E (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) in Unlearning Liberty, (2012) much of the increased expense in education is due to the explosion of administrators who, among other tasks, enforce the suppression of “unauthorized opinions” on campus. Higher Education has become an expensive joke. I predict that the future of higher ed. lies in MOOCS (Mass Online Open Courses).

  5. Virtually everything connected with State and local governments kin Arizona is corrupt. Anyone who votes for tax raises or increased bonding is out of their mind and few of our elected officials deserve to be re-elected.

  6. My son and his wife both got their degrees from Univ of Phoneix, and even with student loans paid less for the degree than what is being indicated here. Both have good paying jobs out of their field as they were not able to get jobs in the IT profession because they had no experience and as a result not jobs were available. My daughter grad from UA and got a good job not in her field but because of her experience as a teller, so the 3 of them have degrees but work in alternative fields. My oldest got his RN then went into teaching HS/midschhoolers and is enjoying it immensly, but of course he moved out of state to do so! Talking with a couple the other day their son got his hi dollar degree from UA and is busing tables locally.

    So the need for a college degree from a big name school really is a waste of $$ it seems. Go to the little schools or get one from online with due diligence and be $$ ahead. Why have to pay the fees if you CANT get into the BB or FB games WITHOUT paying more. These 2 activities are supposed to be self supporting so why screw student who they are SUPPOSED to be entertaining? Guess you need the dummies to pay the big bucks for the coaches who really are not all that great to begin with, but again these 2 are supposed to be self supportive?

  7. I guess for those of you who get the moderation message that its based on WHO you are NOT what you said! Sad is it not?

    • Listen to a Mom | March 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm |


      I get the awaiting moderation messages too. I hope you consider that it’s not a personal affront to you or your message. I don’t think ADI is picking on an individual or their message with that message coming up automatically. The Editor addressed this issue on another story that they were using some different technology to prevent spam.

      Technology is far from perfect!

  8. Roberto L. Martinez | March 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm |

    This college education route is becoming a bad deal for Americans. This problem and the debt it incurs is an epidemic that needs to be addressed more than global warming. The so-called administrators are frauds! We need an academic revolution to save the kids. My kid. Your kids. The presidents of universities today are incompetent and way overpaid for what they do.

  9. WhiteSuburbanMom | March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm |

    Would the presidents of these universities please release their salary + bonus + benefits every time they raise tuition? I think not.

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