U. of Ala. system to raise tuition for 3 campuses

TUSCALOOSA , Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama System trustees have approved raising tuition for the system's three campuses.

At a meeting Friday morning officials approved the change, which would bring tuition for state residents attending UA to $7,900 for two semesters of traditional course load in the 2010-11 school year - a 12.9 percent increase from what Tuscaloosa students paid this past school year.

UA System chancellor Malcolm Portera says the increase is needed to buffer the campuses against stagnant funds from state taxpayers and rising costs.

The tuition increase is expected to bring in $46 million to the three campuses.

All three campuses plan to raise pay for faculty and staff in the coming academic year.

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