MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Board of Education has voted to increase tuition by 15 percent for students at the state's two-year colleges.

The increase approved by the board Thursday means an increase of about $420 a year for the typical student.

Board members said this is the first tuition increase for
two-year college students in five years.

Board members said the increase is necessary because of state budget cuts.

Board member Stephanie Bell casts the only vote against the
increase. She said raising tuition would be a hardship for students
during difficult economic times.

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