LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a tuition increase for the next school year Wednesday morning.
The 3 percent increase translates to about $90 per semester for full-time undergraduate students paying in-state tuition.
"I'm already struggling to pay as it is," said Chris Koch, a freshman anthropology major.
Regents felt the increase was necessary to help compensate faculty and staff who have been dealing with budget constraints since 2009.
The university has already made cuts in several areas to help tighten up the budget.
"If it helps the school compete a little better, $90 isn't that big of a deal," said Freshman Sam Freed.
Non-resident students will be paying about $290 more per semester.
Dona Ana Community College will see a 1.6 percent increase in tuition and fees.