STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs released the following statement on today’s approval of tuition increases by the Arizona Board of Regents.
“Once again Arizona students will pay more to study at our state universities, with tuition at UofA topping $11,000. The U.S. Census says that's more than a fifth of the median household income,” said Senator Hobbs.
“Republicans blame the universities and our regents for these increases, yet they are the ones who put our higher learning institutions in the impossible position of balancing their books while seeing their state funding cut in half since 2008 - more than any other state..
“Those Republicans also proudly proclaim they didn't raise taxes. The truth behind this charade is that cutting almost $100 million from our universities in this year's budget is a burden put squarely on the backs of Arizona students and families, taxing their ability to avoid graduating with crippling student loans.
“The Arizona Constitution clearly states that university tuition ‘shall be as nearly free as possible.’ It's time to respect that tenet and ensure our state has an educated and innovative workforce that isn't just paying off debt, but able to invest in homes, their families and our state's future.”