The universities blame budget cuts for the rise.

WAAYTV reports.

Universities across the state raising tuition

A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Alabama has cut higher education funding by 37% statewide, ranking the state fifth in the nation for such cuts. Some universities say that is a major part of why tuition is increasing.

Athens State University’s tuition has increased by 2.8%. Auburn University increased their tuition by 2.5%.

Friday the University of Alabama and and UAB’s board of trustees voted to increase tuition by 3.5-4%.

UAH students will see a 3 to 4% increase in tuition this year as well, and next Friday Alabama A&M’s board of trustees will vote on increasing tuition.

The University of North Alabama increased tuition by 4% for next semester a few weeks ago.

“Tuition has been steadily increasing since my time here at UNA,” said James Harbin, a UNA student.