In a busy session earlier today, members of the University’s Board of Trustees approved:
- a proposal to hold undergraduate tuition and fees flat for the next academic year;
- a 5.7 percent increase in room rates and a slight increase in select meal plans; and
- an increase in graduate tuition between 4.5 and 6.6 percent, and law tuition between 6 and 12 percent.
The Board also approved recommendations to award promotions or tenure or both to 42 faculty members. Among the promotions are four new distinguished professors:
- Mr. Andrew Borowiec, distinguished professor of art
- Dr. Mukerrem Cakmak, distinguished professor of polymer engineering
- Dr. Walter Hixson, distinguished professor of history
- Dr. Wiley Youngs, distinguished professor of chemistry
Undergraduate tuition held flat
In keeping with the governor’s proposed budget, which proposes a continuation of the arrangement in which universities hold undergraduate tuition flat in exchange for state support, there will be no increases in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees for the next academic year.
In addition, course fees for undergraduates will be held flat and some may be reduced. The administration has asked the deans to submit potential course-fee reductions and eliminations in the coming weeks.
Room rates will increase 5.7 percent, owing to the need to make capital improvements to the residence halls so that they remain comfortable and conducive to student learning and development. There will be no increase for students living in Garson Hall, one of UA’s older halls.
As for meal plans, the cost of the most popular option — the Gold Plan — will not change next year. Lesser-used plans will increase between 2.1 and 2.9 percent, an amount considerably less than the 5.5 percent increase seen in the food-only Consumer Price Index in 2007-08.
In addition, new meal plans are being introduced for commuter students only. They can purchase plans that provide three meals a week or five meals a week at either the newly remodeled Rob’s Café or Trackside Grill in Quaker Square. There’s also a plan for 50 meals over a semester. Pricing is considerably less than the door rate.
Changes for graduate students and law students
Graduate tuition and fees will increase between 4.5 and 6.6 percent, based on the program. Specifically, tuition for:
- CBA graduate courses will increase 5.8 percent;
- nursing anesthesia graduate program will increase 4.5 percent; and
- all other graduate courses will increase 6.6 percent.
The graduate service fee will increase 7.1 percent, and the facilities fee will be adjusted to bring it in line with the undergraduate rate.
Generally, tuition at the School of Law will increase 6 percent for continuing students and 12 percent for new students. The general service fee will increase 6.1 percent for law students.
Even with these increases, the cost of UA’s graduate and law programs will remain at or below the market average.
UA will reduce the out-of-state surcharge to $1 per credit hour for degree and certificate programs that will be offered online only. The first two programs, which have yet to launch, are:
- a master of science in postsecondary technical education, College of Education, and
- a certificate in the essentials of gerontological nursing, College of Nursing.