The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave thumbs down to a proposal to boost tuition by 4 percent.
UA President Pat Gamble proposed the increase for the 2015-16 academic year, saying the move would raise about $4 million as the system navigates tight budgets.
The university faced a $26 million budget gap this year amid rising fixed costs and lower legislative funding.
Seven of the 11 regents voted against the proposal on Friday.
Some said more needed to be done to cut costs within the UA system, while others worried about the long-term impact of frequent tuition increases.