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    Famed free NYC college may start charging tuition

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    NEW YORK (AP) - A famously free New York City university is expected to start charging tuition after more than a century of offering a world class education to its undergrads at no cost.

    The Board of Trustees at the Cooper Union is likely to vote later this month in favor of a plan that would charge undergraduates for the first time since 1902.

    The nearly 1,000-student college is famous for arts, engineering and architecture programs that rank among the most selective in the country.

    But a $12 million budget deficit, years of stop gap measures and ever increasing higher education costs have put the school in a difficult financial predicament.

    A vocal group of students, alumni and faculty are protesting the tuition charge, saying it violates the core founding principles of the university.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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