Regents Raise Nevada Tuition 5 to 10 Percent

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The state Board of Regents voted Friday to raise tuition the next two years by 5 percent for undergraduate students at Nevada colleges and universities, and 10 percent for graduate students.

The panel approved the increase on an 11-1 vote. Ron Knecht of
Carson City said he opposed it because there were no benchmarks to
show students parents they will get more for their money.

Presidents from the state's college, community colleges and universities said the tuition hikes will allow them to keep up with inflation costs while remaining competitive with other Western states.

The 5 percent increase will apply in 2009 and 2010 to Nevada residents attending the state college, community colleges and university undergraduates. University graduate students will face a 10 percent annual increase in the next two years.

Non-resident tuition will go up 8.4 percent at community colleges and about 11 percent at the state's two universities in 2009, and in the next year by almost 3 percent at community colleges and by 7.7 percent at the universities.

The regents also voted to increase costs at the Boyd School of Law and the dental school and for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, a statewide program based at the University of Nevada,

UNR President Milt Glick told the board he reluctantly supported the increase at the medical school. He said the school is a bargain
compared to others.

"So I think 5 percent is an inflation increase consistent with what the rest of our students are facing, so I support it," Glick said.

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