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Tuition costs for students in Harvard College, Radcliffe College, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will increase $200 next year.

Humphrey Doermann 52, assistant to the dean of the Faculty for financial affairs, said that room and board expenses may be raised as well.

This is the first time since 1949 that the College has increased tuition two years in a row. This year, Harvard raised its tuition from $2000 to $2400, while board was raised from $640 to $720 per year. The current increase will raise student tuition to $2600.

John T. Dunlop, acting dean of the Faculty, blamed the increase on continued inflation. "It used to be that once in an undergraduate career tuition would increase. But from now on, unless inflation is halted, there's no choice in the matter but to continue raising tuition," he said.

Dunlop said that Harvard may be forced to curtail the number of Corporation appointments.

"Other universities are in no less a sever pinch and in many ways they are in a more severe pinch," he added.

Much of the income received from the tuition increase will be allocated to financial aid for students. Chase N. Peterson '52, dean of admissions, is preparing next year's scholarship budget, which will include the expected income from the tuition increase.

"There would be an additional assistance for scholarship recipients. The real question is how much. But if costs are going to continue to increase annually, I am afraid that Harvard will begin to cut out the middle class, the disadvantaged, or the distant," Peterson said.

The tuition increase will meet the higher operating expenses of the Faculty, which increased 9.4 per cent from 1968-69 to 1969-70. According to Doermann, the Faculty's budget will increase ten to eleven per cent in 1970-71.

Despite deficits in both 1968-69 and 1969-70, the Faculty's budget continues to increase, while the Federal Government and private foundations are withdrawing support to universities.

"As long as we're in an inflationary period, the pressures to increase expenses are greater than the foreseeable ability to increase income," Doermann said.

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