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University tuition costs increase

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University tuition costs in the Rochester area are on the rise.

The University of Rochester announced undergraduate tuition in the college and the Eastman School of Music will be $46,150 for the 2014-15 academic year. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from 2013-14.

“Instead of going to study abroad this summer, I’ll probably go home and get a part-time job because I need to make the money,” said Robin Graziano, a sophomore studying political science at the U of R.

“It’s really not affordable for kids that are smart enough to be here, and that part is the part that’s not fair,” said sophomore Jodi Armstrong.

“It adds a lot of extra strain, whereas a lot of that time should be devoted to the school work because classes are not easy here,” said student Erik Roisland.

Room and board costs are also going up at the university by 4.4 percent to $13,638.

“I think that catches you off guard a little bit because it’s not all the time you’re thinking about room and board,” said Graziano. “You’re thinking about tuition.”

University of Rochester officials said while rates are going up, they’re also committed to financially assisting students. The university has increased financial aid rates by 7.8 percent.

Even with the help, Graziano said it will still be a struggle to balance her living costs.

“Trying to save for like a car and summer expenses and grad school while struggling to pay the fall tuition here it makes it harder,” said Graziano.

Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology will see their tuition and housing costs rise to $46,824. This excludes other fees like student activities and health facilities.

SUNY students will see their tuition rates go up by $300.

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