LAS VEGAS -- Starting next year, full-time college students in Nevada could be paying an additional $200, if a proposed tuition hike is approved.
Students had an opportunity Friday to tell the Board of Regents how they felt about the proposal.
"Please consider, please, helping all of us students to receive the best education that we can," student Dena Banning pleaded to the Board of Regents.
"UNLV is the future of Las Vegas and the majority of this state as well, and raising tuition on us again, is not going to help us out," student James Pelz said.
Many students shared their personal stories. Some saying a tuition hike would be too hard on their families.
The Board of Regents is considering an increase of four percent each year from 2015 to 2019. That would mean a full-time student in 2019 would pay an extra $1,000 a year.
"We appreciate that the students have made sacrifices," said Nevada higher education Chancellor Dan Klaich. "The recession is over, it's time to reinvest in higher ed and let us be a partner in the economic development in this state."
The vote on the tuition hike is scheduled for June, but some, including student leaders, are requesting it be moved to April, so school is still in session and students would be on campus.
"I would ask that if we're going to raise tuition on students in this state, that we do it to their face and not over summer break," said Mark Ciavola, UNLV student body president.
The schedule change is being considered. UNLV's student body president is also asking for a list of how dollars from a tuition hike would be spent. If that can't be provided, he's urging regents to vote no.
"As I listen to the students, I said, I've been there, I've done that. I feel your pain," regent Ron Knecht said.
He's against the tuition hike.
The Board of Regents moved forward with policy changes on how tuition and fees can be set in the future. Through "predictable pricing," for example, rate changes should be considered every four years, rather than every two, unless there is an emergency such as an extreme economic circumstances.