05/07/2013 08:30 EDT | Updated 07/07/2013 05:12 EDT

University of Regina passes balanced budget, but tuition going up 4.4 per cent

REGINA - Students at the University of Regina will spend more to study next year.

The university's board of governors approved its 2013-14 operating budget of $187 million Tuesday.

It says the province gave the university a 1.9 per cent increase to its operating grant for the year, as well as $800,000 for the third year of the nursing program.

Board chairman Paul McLellan says tuition increases, combined with internal budget reductions, allowed the board to pass a balanced budget.

Undergraduates will pay 4.4 per cent more for tuition, while masters and PhD students will pay 10 per cent more, except for those in the graduate schools of business and public policy.

International graduate students will have their fees rise from $800 to $1,000 per semester.

The university says the increased tuition rates continue to be below the national average.

“We appreciate the government investment in post-secondary education," McLellan said in a news release.

"The University of Regina continues to work on reducing expenditures and balancing priorities to ensure that we are able to invest in areas of strength and maintain quality programming that serves the needs of our students."

The University of Saskatchewan said in March that its tuition will increase an average of 4.5 per cent.