Nevada Regents Shelve Tuition Increase

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Students in Nevada's higher education system
won't face a tuition increase - at least for now.

About 200 students watched as the Nevada Board of Regents, meeting Thursday in Las Vegas, shelved a proposed increase of as much as 25 percent.

Regents Chairman Michael Wixom said he thinks higher education will be shielded from further cuts this year by a developing agreement to be discussed during next week's special legislative session.

The plan calls for state government to secure a $160 million line of credit from Nevada's Local Government Investment Pool to cover ongoing expenses.

While university system Chancellor Jim Rogers called a tuition increase "absolutely dead" for now, regents did not rule out one for next year.

The higher education system already has made cuts of 14 percent this year because of the state's budget crisis. Further cuts will be required next year if the situation doesn't improve.

Students, some carrying signs reading "Save UNLV" and "Students First," were urged by Rogers to contact their legislators and Gov. Jim Gibbons.

"You are the most powerful group in this state," he told them. "And it is about time that you started doing something."

Nevada State College Student Body President Ryan Crowell said students would hold protest assemblies on all campuses Jan. 22.

Student after student followed him to the podium, including one who dropped off a petition with 3,204 signatures opposing the tuition increase.

Rogers acknowledged he floated the idea of a 25 percent tuition increase three weeks ago to get students' attention.

"It worked," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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