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November 2003

Release Date: November 25, 2003

Regents Approve Tuition, Fee Schedule for 2003-04

The Texas State University System Board of Regents on Friday approved a revised tuition and fee schedule for Angelo State University during regular business at its meeting Friday on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Board members authorized an increase of $4 per semester credit hour in the university's designated tuition rate. That brings the cost to $44 per semester credit hour for designated tuition, which is set by the local institution. The designated tuition rate is combined with the state-mandated statutory tuition rate of $46 per semester credit for a total tuition of $90 per semester hour.

The $4 increase per credit hour in the designated tuition rate translates into a 4.4 percent increase in tuition for the fall of 2004. ASU President James Hindman noted that ASU did not increase its tuition between the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters as did 22 of the state's other four-year institutions.

Hindman said that ASU remains one of the best educational bargains in the state. In the wake of tuition deregulation in the last legislative session, Hindman said he expects the gap between ASU's tuition and that charged by many other state institutions to grow.

Additionally, several fees were modified with a $1 increase to $18 for the student service fee, a $1 increase to $13 for technology services and a $1 increase in the library fee to $2, all per semester credit hour. The board approved a $2 increase to $22 per semester in the recreation sports fee. The regents also approved a new student emergency loan fee of $2 per semester, pending approval by vote of the student body during the spring. The board added a $35 nursing assessment test fees for two nursing courses. The board also approved a 3 percent increase on all meal plans.

Regents approved a contract not to exceed $10,000 per year with Sage Advisory Services, Ltd. Co., to provide investing advice and portfolio analysis. The board also authorized a contract with SCT Corp. for an administrative software system upgrade. The agreement includes $396,655 for software licenses, up to $61,793 for additional software maintenance and support and $1,393,974 for the implementation and training support services to upgrade financial, human resources and student system software.

Regents accepted ASU's 12th class day enrollment report that showed a headcount of 6,050. The board okayed the addition of one course, deletion of three courses and a change in requirements for two courses. The board approved ASU study abroad programs next summer for Germany, Mexico, Russia and Scotland with trips to France, Belgium and England.

Board members also accepted more than $290,000 in gifts to the university. The board approved routine personnel matters and authorized budget adjustments of $200,000, bringing ASU's 2003-04 budget to $68.2 million.

The TSUS board serves as the governing body for ASU and the other eight institutions making up the system. The other institutions are Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College.