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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Education just got more expensive at the University of Louisville.
UofL students are facing a 6 percent tuition hike for the 2010-2011 school year.
The UofL Board of Trustees approved the tuition increase at their meeting this afternoon. The new tuition rates would mean in-state undergrads would pay about $500 more, raising tuition to about $8,400 a year.
Students enrolled in medical, dental and law schools will see their tuition increase 8 percent. The Board also approved some new fees and increases in the fees for some courses.
"Prices have been going up with budget cuts the last eight or nine years," said University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey. "Some increases are double-digit. [I] think [a] 6 percent increase is fairly moderate given the cost increases and expectations of higher education."
Steve McFarland, a UofL student says, "I think it's going to be bad for most students. College is already expensive for most kids."
UofL has had 11 budget cuts in 11 years. The President says the tight state budget will mean cuts to the University's operating base of 1.4 percent this Fall and 2.4 percent for 2011-2012.
Ramsey says the current budget will affect the way the University can grow its research program and enrollment, and how it's able to compensate employees.
The trustees also approved a new bachelor's degree for American sign language starting this Fall. There are more than 600,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing residents in Kentucky.