Tuition Hike At USA

Tuition Hike At USA

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State funding is up this year by $1.4 million.  If you add up obligations to the Retirement Systems of Alabama and health insurance costs for current and former employees the university is trying to cover more than six million dollars in costs.  They say they've cut back and need the 4.5% tuition increase.

"We have had something like $16 million in various efficiencies we've had faculty and staff who've retired or left the university that we've not replaced," says Senior VP of Academic Affairs David Johnson.  Around campus you see new buildings and some students are upset about paying more money for the same education.

"Me personally I think they're building unnecessary buildings on campus that we're not using so I don't see why tuition can go up," says student Justin Hall.  Other students see it the university's way. 

"I still like how south's prices are considerably cheaper than the other institutions here in Alabama," says student Shanarus Briggins-Polard.  The board also approved a 3.5% raise for health system employees.  They didn't get a raise last year with university employees because of uncertainty about health care. 

"We have the financial results through the end of April that we just got and the hospitals and clinics are doing much better compared to this time last year," says VP of Financial Affairs Wayne Davis. 

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