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University Of Puerto Rico Eliminating Controversial $800 Fee

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UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO 800 FEE
A demonstrator yells at riot police officers as she is detained during a students protest outside the Capitol building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Students have been on strike to demand university officials eliminate a new $800 yearly fee that went into effect in Jan. 2011. Students of Puerto Rico's University already pay a US$49 fee per semester. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) | AP

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The University of Puerto Rico says 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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