Increase in Ala. college costs 2nd in nation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama college costs have increased dramatically this year and a new survey shows the state is second only to Hawaii in tuition and fee hikes. The College Board's survey released this week found it costs an average of $5,925 a year to attend a public, four-year college in Alabama, up 13 percent from last year.

The average annual cost of tuition and fees at public four-year schools nationally is $6,585, up 6 percent over last year. This year the Legislature cut its funding to state colleges by 12 percent, and most public, four-year schools in Alabama raised tuition and fees similarly.

Troy University had the biggest percentage increase of nearly 27 percent by going from $4,264 last year to $5,410 this year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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