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Want to speak your piece about the cost of tuition at state colleges and universities? Here's your chance. The Utah State Board of Regents will conduct a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sandy campus of Salt Lake Community College.

SALT LAKE CITY — Want to speak your piece about the cost of tuition at state colleges and universities? Here's your chance. The Utah State Board of Regents will conduct a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Salt Lake Community College Miller campus in Sandy.

The hearing will be conducted in the Karen Gail Miller Conference Center, 9750 S. 300 West, after each institution presents to its proposed tuition adjustments for the 2019-20 academic year to the Board of Regents.

The proposed tuition increase for undergraduate education averages 2.46 percent among the eight institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education.

Southern Utah University is proposing no increase while Dixie State University has proposed a 5 percent increase, according to the board agenda.

According to Utah System of Higher Education data, tuition rates at Utah’s public colleges and universities are among the lowest in the country. Most are below those of peer institutions in the region.

Last year, the Board of Regents adopted policy changes to simplified the tuition-setting process by eliminating the two-tiered tuition structure and bolstering the board’s process to review and consider tuition proposals.

The changes were made, in part, in response to a legislative audit that found the board was not adequately controlling tuition increases.

The performance audit conducted by the Office of the Utah Legislative Auditor General says tuition has increased by nearly $132 million over the past five years.

The auditors found that the regents approved the increases with little documented discussion, describing it as a "superficial review" of proposed increases.

Tuition recommendations are made by the institution and include truth in tuition hearings on each college and university campus to solicit student input.

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According to the Board of Regents agenda, these are the proposed undergraduate tuition adjustments for a student taking 15 credits hours for two semesters for the next academic year:

• University of Utah: 3.2 percent increase, $256

• Utah State University: 3.25 percent, $206

• Weber State University: 2 percent, $98

• Southern Utah University: 0 percent, $0

• Snow College: 2.5 percent, $83

• Dixie State University: 5 percent, $223

• Utah Valley University: 1.7 percent, $86

• Salt Lake Community College: 2 percent, $67

• Utah System of Higher Education average: 2.46 percent