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Guam University Tuition Freeze Upheld For 2013-2014
Passage of new law prevents planned fee hikes for students

By Dance Aoki

HAGTA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 18, 2013) – University of Guam (UOG) tuition rates will remain the same for this academic year and the next.

The government's appropriation of approximately $1.47 million to the university is specifically intended to prevent tuition increases.

In December, John Arroyo, treasurer for the Board of Regents, said the university was facing a $3.4 million shortfall in its operations budget.

The Board of Regents introduced Resolution 12-32 last year, which would have increased tuition to help make up the shortfall.

The tuition rate would have increased for resident undergraduate students by 10 percent this spring semester, followed by 5 percent increases for the next two academic school years.

The resolution included provisions that would allow the increase to be averted if additional funding was found.

The board members were hoping to avert tuition increases with the help of legislation.

These hikes in tuition have been averted with the passing of Public Law 31-276, signed by Gov. Eddie Calvo and introduced by Speaker Judith Won Pat and Senators Tina Mua Barnes and Sam Mabini.

"This sends an important message to our university students about how their pursuit of a university education is a priority for our island's leaders," said UOG President Robert Underwood.

"I want to point out that the University of Guam is likely the only state-sponsored university in the entire country that has not raised its tuition in five years," Underwood added.

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