A group representing 106,000 Utah college students told legislators it endorses the State Board of Regents' plan to raise tuition 9 percent at the four-year schools and 7 percent at the two-year schools next fall.

But the students don't want the 9 percent increase "repeated again for a long time," Greg Engman, Utah Student Association representative, told the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Monday.Engman said students, in the recent lean budget years, have had to shoulder a larger-than-normal share of higher education's budget. He said the state should return to paying 20 to 22 percent of the higher education budget, instead of the current 18 percent. "When it drops to 18 percent, students make up the difference," he said.