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Published October 23, 2009, 11:44 AM

ND Officials Say Tuition, Fee Hikes Below Average

State higher education officials say tuition and fees at North Dakota's public colleges and universities went up at a rate much less than the national average.

State higher education officials say tuition and fees at North Dakota's public colleges and universities went up at a rate much less than the national average.

They cite a new report from The Collage Board saying the average published price of in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased 6.5 percent for the 2009-10 academic year and 7.3 percent at public two-year colleges.

University officials say that in North Dakota, four-year university in-state tuition and fees increased 3.5 percent, and two-year tuition and fees increased 0.8 percent.

Chancellor Bill Goetz says state are making use of the state's strong economy to help students hold down costs. He also says the university system budget includes $19 million for financial aid and $3 million for new scholarship programs.

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