College Tuition

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Students returning to campus at Alabama's public universities this month will face double-digit tuition increases.

The hikes average 11-percent, and range from eight percent to 14-percent for Alabama residents, according to a survey of tuition and fees by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

That appears to be somewhat higher than increases across the Southeast, according to a preliminary survey by the Southern Regional Education Board.

Meanwhile, as Tennessee launches its lottery-funded scholarship program this fall, Alabama will fall further behind other states in providing need-based or merit-based financial aid to college students.

Alabama already ranks last in the Southeast and is the only state in the region that spends less on such assistance than it did in 1997.