PROVO — Repainting the Y, loathing their rival Utes, clanging the victory bell and surrendering more and more money each year to satisfy growing tuition costs are all Brigham Young University traditions.

University officials announced Friday that tuition costs for undergraduate and graduate students will increase 6.3 percent, but students shrugged off the costs and counted their blessings — another traditional attitude.

"I still feel kind of lucky," said Chris Andrews, a BYU student majoring in technology teacher education. "For the price, it's still worth it — even if it goes up again."

None of seven students interviewed seemed too concerned with the 6.3 percent increase; they say they expected it.

BYU has consistently raised tuition for the past few years, making it a kind of tradition that current students have come to anticipate each fall. Since the 2002-03 school year, the price has trudged upward between 3 percent and 6 percent yearly. This year's increase will raise the cost for an undergraduate student by $120 — from $1,920 to $2,040.

BYU tuition, however, hasn't always scaled such steep ascensions in such short times. The school took 117 years to reach $1,000 per semester in 1991; it is expected to reach $2,000 next year, just 17 years later.

Trenton Little and his wife, both students, are part of the crowd who assume they'll be paying a new price each fall. Little echoed six other peers who talked with the Deseret Morning News and who seemed to be focused on the product and not necessarily the price.

"I just think it's OK," Little said. "Inflation's been going up about that much anyway. And compared to other universities, this is still a great deal."

BYU officials are citing the necessity for the increase based on the old familiar imp, inflation.

"We work very hard to keep (tuition) to a minimum," said spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.

The university strives to be prudent in its departmental spending to keep costs down for students, Jenkins said. "But due to rising costs, it's necessary."

Jenkins denied any notion that the increase was connected to any specific campus construction projects and said the additional income will go toward maintaining each of the university's college budgets.

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