DEVELOPING: A-State Board of Trustees to consider tuition hikes - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

DEVELOPING: A-State Board of Trustees to consider tuition hikes

(Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A proposed increase in tuition and fees will be on the agenda when the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets Thursday in Newport.

A-State in Jonesboro will request a 3.4 percent increase in combined tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The annual total of $8,478 will rank fifth among the state’s four-year institutions, according to a news release from Jeff Hankins, vice president for strategic communications and economic development.

In addition to the Jonesboro campus request, ASU-Newport will request a 3.6 percent increase and ASU-Mountain Home will ask for a 1.7 percent hike. ASU-Mid-South, located in West Memphis will request a 3.1 percent increase while ASU-Beebe will seek a 1.7 percent increase.

The Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Merchants & Planters Bank Community Room in the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center on the ASU-Newport campus.

To read the full agenda and proposed resolutions including budgets, tuition, and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year, click here.

Also at the meeting, the Board of Trustees plans to reaffirm their weapons policy, despite the fact they must make changes to the policy this fall.

Earlier this year, the Arkansas Legislature voted to require Arkansas colleges and universities to allow people with concealed handgun licenses and additional training to be able to carry their concealed weapons on campus.

The law takes effect Sept. 1.

However, according to a resolution on their agenda, when the ASU Board of Trustees meets June 8, they plan to reaffirm their stance on the issue.

"The System's Weapons Policy disallowing the carrying of a concealed handgun shall remain in effect until September 1, 2017."

The resolution acknowledges that on Sept. 1, their policy must then reflect state law.

"The System General Counsel's Office will, in consultation with System campuses, prepare a revised Weapons Policy implementing these new laws that will be proposed and approved by the Board before the September 1, 2017, effective date," the resolution states.

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