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North Dakota tuition hikes limited to 3.5 percent

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North Dakota tuition hikes limited to 3.5 percent
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Tuition increases will be limited to 3.5 percent at North Dakota state colleges and universities next fall under a recommendation approved Wednesday.

A committee of the state Board of Higher Education recommended the increases for the 2010-11 school year during a meeting over conference call.

Tuition at two-year schools will be frozen next year.

Four-year universities can increase tuition up to 3.5 percent next year. University officials can seek to raise tuition by 4 percent, but they will need board approval.

Students will pay an average of $409.36 more next year to attend schools in the North Dakota University System, according to the recommendation. That increase includes fees and room and board to live on campus.

Full-time North Dakota State University students would pay about $562 more next year to attend college, including fees and room and board. That's a 4.5 percent increase over the current rates.

The full board will vote on the increases next week at a meeting in Devils Lake.

In other business, the budget, audit and finance committee reviewed the financial health of each campus through a semi-annual budget report.

Mayville State University is on track to retire its deficits by June 30. The campus has about $870,000 in deficits in 2006 and officials have been working to eliminate those.