Release Date: March 31, 2011
Board Adopts Tuition & Fee Options for 2011-12 Academic Year
If tuition and fees for Angelo State University students are increased for the 2011-12 academic year, they will go up no more than 9.9 percent from current levels based on a ceiling that was approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents during a special teleconference meeting Thursday, March 31.
The final tuition rate will be set after the Texas Legislature adjourns in May and the university’s appropriation is known for the next biennium. Should the board opt to increase rates up to the maximum amount, student’s taking 15 semester credit hours would see an increase of no more than $331.05 in tuition and fees.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said any change in the tuition and fee schedule would be necessary to ensure that the university maintains its high standard of educational quality and to provide additional revenues to address the major reductions projected in state appropriations.
Historically, ASU has maintained one of the state’s lowest total higher education costs. Even with the maximum increase, ASU’s projected tuition and fees of $3,674.55 for 15 semester credit hours would remain in the mid-range of costs at the state’s 35 four-year public universities.
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 4,620 of ASU’s 6,800 students will only see a modest increase in their out-of-pocket expenses due to the tuition increase.