MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Minnesota officials expect tuition to increase 5 to 6 percent next fall, mainly to cover an increase in faculty pay.
President Mark Yudof said a 3 percent salary increase for all faculty members will cost the school $28 million. The Legislature approved $19.1 million for the raise last year; to make up the $8.9 million gap, the university will need to raise tuition, Yudof said.
''I don't see any prospect of 3 percent salary increases without a tuition increase in the 5-to-6 percent range,'' Yudof told the Board of Regents on Friday.
The board will discuss the proposed tuition hike -- the highest in four years -- in April, and will vote on it in May.
Heidi Frederickson, a student representative to the board, had met with Yudof earlier and indicated in comments to the board that she understood the administration's position. But, she said, the university should be prepared to make its case to students.
''It is expected that students will strongly encourage administrators to find other sources of revenue,'' and students will want to know where the money is going, she said.
Two years ago, the university asked the Legislature for enough money to give faculty members a 5 percent increase and keep tuition increases to 3 percent.
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