Tuition Increase

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama A&M board of trustees Friday approved a 23 percent increase in tuition and fees for students.

Authorities also approved furloughs for employees as they gave the green light to the 2011 fiscal year budget submitted by President Andrew Hugine.

The furloughs are expected to save the school about $2.2 million. The tuition increase, which the board's business and finance committee approved earlier this month, is projected to generate about $8.8 million for the school.

Alabama A&M's tuition raise is designed to make up for lost time when tuition didn't change from 2006 to 2008.

Hugine's budget also included mechanisms to improve the school's bond rating.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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