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Utah Considering Increasing College Tuition

Utah higher education authorities are set to consider a tuition increase that would raise college bills by as much as $278 a year.

The Utah Board of Regents will weigh an average 3.7 percent hike for the state's eight public colleges and universities at a meeting Friday.

Higher education officials say the extra money is needed to pay for things like faculty compensation, expanding courses and improving information technology.

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The largest dollar increase would come at the state's flagship school, the University of Utah. They're proposing boosting tuition by $278, to about $7,400 a year.

The biggest percentage increase would be at Dixie State University, which wants to boost tuition by 5 percent to $4,100 a year.

Authorities say the rate hike for next school year would be the second-smallest since the 1999-2000 school year.