Tuition on the rise at AU, UA

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Tuition is on the rise at several Alabama universities.

On Friday, the Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a nearly six percent increase. In-state students will now be charged an additional $236 per semester starting in the fall.

AU President Jay Gouge says the hike will make up for a $39 million budget gap.  "From data we've seen in the southern region of the country, it's one of the lowest rates a university has gone up," explained Gouge. The university said the other 80% of the funds needed to make up for the budget shortfall are coming from university cuts.

The University of Alabama's tuition is also going up. Trustees approved a 9.4% increase on Friday.

The increase brings the cost of tuition per semester to $3,500.

Tuition is also going up at Alabama's campuses in Birmingham and Huntsville.