Release Date: June 29, 2009
Regents Set ASU Tuition/Fees for 2009-10 Academic Year
Tuition and fees for Angelo State University students will rise for the 2009-10 academic year after an ASU administration recommendation for the increase was approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents during a special teleconference meeting Monday, June 29.
Although the percentage increase will vary by a student’s individual course load, the action will mean a $363.50 increase for students taking 15 semester credit hours.
Historically, ASU has maintained one of the state’s lowest total academic costs. Even with the increase, ASU’s cost of $3,068.85 for 15 semester credit hours will remain below the Texas median for tuition and fees at the state’s four-year public universities.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said the new tuition charges will help enhance the quality of the Angelo State educational experience through broadened student services, including student retention, and will increase the value of an ASU degree in the work place through additional accreditations being sought from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Fee increases were necessary to maintain the level of services in the library, the University Center, recreational sports and information technology and to meet the requirements of the federal minimum wage law for the student employees. Other important justifications for the fee increase are the replacement and renewal of computers and instructional equipment.
Rallo said ASU is committed to both keeping a college education within reach of the average Texas family and to enhancing the educational experience of its students. He indicated that the full impact of the increase in tuition and fees will only be felt by a minority of ASU students due to the university’s strong program of gift aid – financial assistance which does not require repayment.
Approximately 68 percent of ASU students receive gift aid that covers an average of 73 percent of their tuition-and-fee costs. Consequently, about 4,150 of ASU’s 6,100 students will only see a slight increase in their out-of-pocket expenses.
ASU’s tuition is made up of two components – statutory and designated. Statutory tuition is set by the state at $50 per semester credit hour and did not change this year. Designated tuition is set by the university board and increased from $82.25 to $92.50 per semester credit hour.
Various ASU fees also increased under the new rates. The student service fee increased $10 to a new maximum of $235 per semester. The University Center fee increased $5.50 to $60.50. The Library service fee increased $1 per semester credit hour to $4.50 while the recreation sports fee increased $5 to $37 per semester. The technology services fee increased $29.25 to $300 maximum for nine-plus semester credit hours. The per-semester athletics fee increased $10 to $25 for 2009-10. The medical services fee, international education fee and advising center fee did not change for the new fiscal year and most individual course and lab fees were eliminated or consolidated with other fees.