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March 2008

Release Date: March 31, 2008

ASU Tuition and Fee Schedule Proposed for 2008-09 Academic Year

In a review of proposed Angelo State University tuition and fee rates for the 2008-09 academic year, the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System has okayed a maximum 13.9 percent increase.

Regents will determine the final fee levels at their May 8-9 meeting in Lubbock.

The tuition and fee increases are based upon the cost of a student taking 15 semester credit hours and were forwarded for board review after airing at student hearings in December and after receiving the full support of the ASU Student Government Association. Most of the fee recommendations were based upon enhanced services and extended hours requested by the students.

A 13.9 percent increase is the equivalent of $345.15 per semester.

However, ASU Vice President for Finance and Administration Sharon Meyer said the impact of the figures can be misleading because of the high number of ASU students who get grant aid, as opposed to loans.

Of ASU’s 6200 students, approximately 4,170 or 68 percent, receive grants which cover an average 73 percent of the cost of attendance, she said. So, for the majority of students the overall increase will result in an additional out-of-pocket expense of $93.15.

Meyer said that all fee recommendations are ultimately tied to recruitment and retention strategies to help ASU grow and that the university is looking for ways to reduce overall costs and minimize the impact on students.

Proposed increases break down as follows with the current fee and proposed fee by category: designated tuition, $75 per semester credit hour (sch), $89 sch; student service fee, $225 maximum, $250 maximum; University Center fee, $50, $55; medical service fee, $42.35, $46.50; recreation sports fee, $29, $40; international education fee, $4, $4; library fee, $3 sch, $4 sch; technology services fee, $240 per semester, $280 per semester; and Advising Center fee, $25, $35.

Two additional fees were established. A student business services fee was set at $20 a semester and an athletics fee at $35 per semester. Two former fees were eliminated. They were the publication fee at $5 per semester and a records maintenance fee at $15 per semester.

Though not included in the tuition and fee schedule, average room rates for 10 months were set at $4,723, compared to $4,137 previously. The average meal plan cost was proposed at $2,450, compared to the current figure of $1,891.