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UA System: No tuition increase for in-state students

The University of Alabama System will not be raising in-state tuition prices for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year, officials announced Friday. 

That includes all three campuses – Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.

Last year, the system marginally increased the in-state tuition to adjust for inflation – but this will be the sixth time in a seven-year period tuition has remained unchanged for in-state students at UA and the fifth time for students at UAB and UAH.

Ultimately, the decision to keep in-state tuition consistent for the 2023-2024 academic year reinstates the tuition freeze policy which was in effect for several years prior to the 2022-2023 academic year.

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“The Legislature’s support, our Board’s leadership, and our campuses’ dedicated efforts allowed us to continue to provide the world-class education and campus experience for which the UA System is known at a more predictably affordable cost,” UA System Chancellor Finis St. John IV said.

“As a public university system, we exist to serve Alabama and beyond through our mission to improve the lives of everyone we affect through teaching, research and service.

“We are focused on being responsible stewards for every dollar entrusted to us by students and families, and the tuition freeze for Alabama residents demonstrates our appreciation for the hardworking people of our state.”

The decision is contrasted by tuition increases at other Alabama universities, including Auburn University, which, “accepted a proposed 3% increase for tuition and fees at Auburn and a 4% increase at Auburn University at Montgomery for fall 2023,” according to a September budget announcement. 

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Throughout the UA system, while in-state tuition will remain unchanged, nonresident tuition will see a 3% increase at each institution.

The University of Alabama System, which includes three doctoral research institutions and the UAB Health System, is the largest employer in the state, with an economic impact exceeding $2.8 billion annually. 

Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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