Regents Set ASU Tuition, Housing Rates, Construction for 2010-11
The Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on Friday approved a new tuition and fee schedule for the 2010-11 academic year, adopted new room and board rates and authorized construction of a new residence hall and demolition of the final high rise at Angelo State University.
ASU tuition and fees will rise 8.95 percent overall in the next academic year while housing costs will increase an average 3.5 percent. Each of the three meal plans will increase $100. The board authorized the construction in two phases of a new residence hall, Plaza Verde, to replace the 10-story Concho Hall, which is scheduled for demolition.
Under the new tuition and fee schedule, designated tuition, which is set by the university, will increase from $91.50 to $101.86 per semester credit hour. Statutory tuition, which is set by the State of Texas, will remain the same at $50 per semester credit hour. Total tuition, then, will rise from $141.50 to $151.86 per semester credit hour.
“We are mindful both of costs and of our need to grow,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo. “Even with the increase, Angelo State remains one of the best educational values in the state and our extensive gift aid program means that two-thirds of ASU students on average pay only 25 percent of the actual cost of attendance because of the university’s financial support.”
Over the last decade, Rallo said tuition increases had been used to address immediate needs without providing strategic funding to build the academic programs necessary to grow enrollment. Rallo said the new tuition rate will provide the resources for growth of academic programs and to strengthen summer school offerings. Additionally, he said the increase will help address a state-mandated 5 percent reduction in appropriations without detrimentally affecting existing programs.
“We are committed to expanding our programs and our enrollment because in the long run that will help keep our costs down,” Rallo said. “For every 500 additional students we enroll, we get back from the state an additional $3.7 million in funding. This increase will help us build the programs necessary to attract more students.”
Three of ASU’s 10 student fees will increase for 2010-11. The medical services fee will increase $15 from $42.35 to $57.35 after a student referendum in April approved the increase to provide additional clinic services on campus. The library fee will increase $2.75 from the current $4.50 to $7.25 per semester credit hour next academic year. The recreation sports fee will increase $63 to $100 per semester from the current $37 in line with student requests to expand recreational opportunities on campus.
The combination of the increases in the three fees and the new tuition level means that a student taking 15 semester credit hours in 2010-11 will pay $3,343.50. That figure is $274.65 or 8.95 percent more than the $3,068.85 a student would have paid for the same class load in the current academic year.
The new room rates adopted by the board vary by residence hall. The housing units with the current and 2010-11 rates are as follows for 10-month occupancy: Vanderventer Apartments, $4,450, $4,517; Concho Hall (private room), $4,975, $5,298; Massie Hall, $4,122, $4,215; Carr Hall, $3,703, $4,000; Texan Hall, $5,490, $5,600; Centennial Village (two persons, two bedrooms, one bath), $5,350, $5,484; and Centennial Village (four persons, four bedrooms, two bathrooms), $5,200, $5,330.
The costs for board will go up $100 for each meal plan option. The new annual cost for a student enrolled in both the fall and spring semester will be: seven-day plan (21 meals per week), $2,600; seven-day plan (15 meals per week); $2,550; and five-day plan (15 meals per week), $2,500.
In other business, regents approved two residence hall proposals that will change the face of the campus and the skyline of San Angelo for a second time. Board members authorized the construction of new residence hall Plaza Verde in two phases. The first phase will create a three-story, 400-bed facility north of the University Mall and east of Concho Hall at a projected cost of $35 million. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
The second phase of Plaza Verde will begin after Concho Hall, ASU’s remaining high rise residence hall, is demolished. The board authorized Concho Hall’s demolition, tentatively scheduled in 2011, at a projected cost of $2.5 million. Once Concho Hall is demolished, the second phase of Plaza Verde will begin on the site of the former high rise. Total projected cost of Plaza Verde I and II is $62 million.