By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

NEW BRUNSWICK — Tuition and fees for Rutgers University’s undergraduate students in New Brunswick will increase 1.7 percent, or about $241 this fall, the lowest price hike in five years at New Jersey’s state university.


But David Hughes, president of Rutgers’ faculty union, said Rutgers shouldn’t be content with a lower increase than other universities. As one of the most expensive state universities in the nation, Rutgers should be trying to lower its price, he said.

“Really the only comparison that matters, and the only one you need to consider, is whether the board is doing as much as it can do to make Rutgers affordable or doing less than it can do,” Hughes said.

Mariah Wood, a junior majoring in labor and employment relations and philosophy, urged the board not to approve the tuition increase. She struggles to pay her bills now and worries she won’t be able to pay off her college loans after graduation, she said.

“It’s really demoralizing to look at my decision to go to college as a mistake,” Wood said.


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