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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Tuition will see a spike next fall at University of Arkansas campuses throughout the state.

The school system's board of trustees approved a tuition increase Wednesday along with budgets that allow 2% merit increases for faculty.

The Fort Smith campus will see the largest jump in price with a 6% increase. Fayetteville will see the second highest jump at 5%.

U of A says that the rise in cost is because of reductions in state funding and rising utility costs.

The plan will go into effect for the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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