Rutgers board slashes tuition hike for lowest increase in two decades

    Students and faculty cheered yesterday when the Rutgers University Board of Governors voted to cut the proposed 3 percent tuition hike to just 1.6 percent.

    President Richard McCormick was pushing for the higher increase, and now faces an $11 million to $12 million budget gap.

    The smaller hikes means in-state students will pay about $200 more per year, plus a few hundred more as part of the 3.3 percent room and board increase. The Star-ledger reports the hike is the lowest for in-state students in two decades.

    Faculty and staff unions are still in arbitration over last year’s university-wide salary freeze, and are fighting for the restoration of wages.

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