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Tuition Going Up For Del State Students

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DOVER, Del.- Students at Delaware State University will soon be paying more for their education. The university's board of trustees unanimously approved a 3% increase for tuition.

The increase will not affect room and board. The university says it's a modest increase but it's enough to have some students concerned.

Ajee Houston is a junior at Del State. Over the past few years tuition hasn't been a problem for her. Houston says she has scholarships that cover her tuition but she knows there are other students who aren't as fortunate.

"It would really hinder their education in a way because some people who have to take summer classes and stuff like that it's more expensive," said Houston. "Now that tuition in general is increasing I know it's going to be harder for them to pay for it out of pocket."

The university says since it hasn't increased tuition over the past two years it wants to make sure the impact it has on its students is very minimal.

"We remain committed to serving the needs of our students with the best possible education at the lowest possible prices," said David Turner, chairman of DSU's Board of Trustees. "We will continue to drive efficiencies to assure we can maintain that standard."

DSU President Harry L. Williams said the increase will help build the infrastructure to support student success, specifically assisting students with graduating in four years.

"DSU administrators and the University's Board of Trustees have worked hard to minimize the impact of the increase on students and their families," Dr. Williams said. "The result is an increase that is very modest, especially in light of the fact that it follows two years in which there were no increases in tuition and fees."

According to the university, in-state tuition will increase $98 per semester and out-of-state will increase $223 per semester.

Some students say although they aren't happy about the increase, they are glad it's only three percent and it could be a lot worst.

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