ASU President Michael Crow responds to tuition lawsuit
Sept. 20, 2017
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents earlier this month over high tuition rates at state universities, a move Arizona State University President Michael Crow believes is the wrong way to solve the problem of high education costs.
Brnovich’s argument stems from the Arizona Constitution, which dictates that public education must be “as nearly free as possible.” Crow insists tuition costs are in accordance with the Arizona Constitution, despite Brnovich’s claims.
Crow told Arizona Horizon that while tuition was lower in the past, ASU wasn’t able to provide necessary resources for the students to be successful and sustainable. According to Crow, the university’s new financial model involves a balance between modest tuition and high financial aid. The average net tuition for an in-state student is about 2,000 dollars, with 75 percent of those students also receiving financial aid.
“We’re at the lowest possible cost for tuition that we can be and still deliver the quality of product that we’re attempting to deliver,” Crow says. “We sit down with every family, we sit down with every student, and we find a way to work it out.”