FAIRBANKS - Regents at the University of Alaska have voted to hike tuition and to approve four new academic programs.
Undergraduates taking a standard course load will have to pay $4,755 beginning fall of 2011 - about $250 more than it costs now. In fall of 2012, tuition will rise to $5,115.
The Board of Regents approved the tuition rate on a 6-3 vote while meeting in Juneau.
Supporters said the tuition increase was needed to pay for numerous improvements throughout the 16 campuses. Those include faculty hires and new programs, such as nutrition and dietetics programs at the Anchorage campus and an ethnobotany degree at the Kuskokwim campus in Bethel to provide rural students training necessary for entry-level employment.