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University of Puerto Rico to eliminate $800 fee

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 26, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.

— The University of Puerto Rico said it will eliminate an $800 fee that had sparked violent protests two years ago and led to the resignation of the institution’s president.

The Board of Directors announced Saturday that the annual fee would be eliminated in July.

Board members said they made their decision based on a pledge by the island’s new governor to increase revenues for the U.S. territory’s largest public university.

The fee was created to offset a budget deficit. It led to large-scale student protests and clashes with police on campus.

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