Legislator proposes UH tuition freeze

HONOLULU (AP) - A state lawmaker says he will introduce a proposal to freeze tuition at the University of Hawaii.

Democratic Rep. John Mizuno says he plans during the next legislative session to propose locking in tuition throughout the university system for the 2014-15 academic year.

Resident undergraduates at UH-Manoa pay $4,572 for a fulltime academic year. Non-residents undergraduates pay $13,356. Tuition will increase 7.5% in each of the next three years under a 5-year schedule.

Mizuno says the tuition increases will hurt students and are not fair. He says a freeze will let more students enroll and provide a more affordable higher education.

UH Provost Linda Johnsrud tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that increases are needed to provide quality programs, classroom improvements and better technology.

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