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Students walk around Weber State University in Ogden on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

SANDY — The Utah Board of Regents approved a tuition increase of 2 percent and a fee increase of 3 percent for students at Weber State University at their meeting Friday at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus.

They also approved the university’s first doctoral program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

These changes mean a tuition increase of $48.91 and a fee increase of $14.51 per semester for a student enrolled in 15 credit hours at Weber State during the 2019-20 academic year.

This will bring the total cost of attending Weber State to $2,495 in tuition and $498.13 in fees per semester.

These increases go into effect for students starting this upcoming summer term, according to Allison Hess, public relations director for the university.

Weber State’s tuition increase was on the lower end compared to universities across the state.

“I’m really proud of them for staying at the lower end,” said Nolan Karras, chair of the Weber State Board of Trustees at their meeting March 19.

“They probably couldn’t have gone lower,” he continued. “You really would have had trouble being below 2 percent just because of the mandates that are there because of the Legislature. So this is a humble way to try and keep student debt down and keep ... students in school.”

Dixie State University students will face the largest increase of 5 percent ($112 per semester).

Utah State University had the second highest increases — an increase of 3.25 percent ($103 per semester) for the main campus and an increase of 4.2 percent ($36 per semester) for its Eastern and Blanding campuses, which have different tuition rates than the main campus.

Southern Utah University was the lowest, with a 0 percent increase in tuition.

Weber State was on the higher end of fee increases across the state, second only to Salt Lake Community College, which increased its fees by 3.8 percent. The average increase in fees for Utah higher education institutions was 2.1 percent.

The Board of Regents also approved Weber State’s first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The program will start admitting students in fall 2019.

This expands the number of nursing degrees offered by Weber state Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing from three to four. In addition to the new doctoral program, the university offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

This allows students to “stack” their credentials, gaining higher pay and experience as they move from one degree to another.

The program will be a clinical degree, focusing on practice rather than research.

Weber State’s DNP program will be the third in the state, joining University of Utah and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, according to a university press release.

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