CALGARY - Up to 200 staff at the University of Calgary will be laid off this fall because of a multimillion-dollar deficit.

It's expected that the job cuts will hit support services such as finance, human resources and information technology.

Colleen Turner, vice-president of external relations, says the university had a $14.3-million deficit during the 2008-09 academic year.

Turner says the university is not allowed to operate in the red, so steps must be taken to balance the budget in the coming year.

She also says funding to all faculties will be trimmed, but enrolment in popular programs will increase.

The Alberta government gave the university a six per cent operating grant increase this year to help it cope with last year's economic downturn.