Trustees vote to hike tuition 19 percent at Troy

TROY, Ala. (AP) - Tuition and mandatory fees will be going up 19 percent in the fall semester for students at Troy University.

The Birmingham News reported that the university's Board of Trustees voted Friday for the tuition increase.

The action will increase the cost for one semester for a typical in-state student by more than $500.

University officials said the increase was necessary because of three years of cuts in state funding and because of the struggling national economy.

The senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs, Jim Bookout, says even with the increase s, Troy's rates remain below the national average for public colleges and universities.

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