Tuition may increase by 16 percentThe University Tuition Committee submitted its proposal for the increase earlier this week.
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The University Tuition Committee submitted its proposal for the increase earlier this week. By Patrick Groves Evergreen Staff The University Tuition Committee recommended a 16-percent tuition increase for all undergraduate students to President Elson S. Floyd earlier this week. This increase would prevent additional cuts to the university’s operating budget as a result of the cuts mandated by the legislature’s 2011-2013 budget. The committee, made up of faculty, students and staff, reccomded an in-state fulltime tuition rate of $10,874, an increase of $1,500 from the current school year. The out-of-state recommended tuition rate is $23,956, an increase of $3,304 from the current school year. Floyd will forward the recommendation to the WSU Board of Regents. The board will hold a meeting early next month to vote on the recommendation and set new 2012-2013 tuition rates. Associate Vice President Joan King chaired the Tuition Committee. King said the body was charged with the task of making a recommendation on tuition rates and considering longterm tuition policies. “We looked at the whole budget context,” King said. “How have we, WSU, gotten us to the place where we’re having to do tuition increases.” The committee first looked at the budget cuts made by the university during the past four years, she said. The group then reviewed the assumed tuition-rate increases in the most recent two-year budget, and considered additional cuts on the university if the tuition rate did not increase. “The committee recommended all tuition categories go up because basically they were all expected to go up by the legislature,” King said. Robert Rosenman, a committee member and economics professor, said the 16-percent increase was due to the mandated WSU state budget passed by the legislature in 2011. He said any increase less than 16 percent would have forced the university to make additional budget cuts. “From that perspective we really did not see much of an option except to go for the in-state undergraduate 16 percent tuition increase that the legislature built into their budget,” Rosenman said. He said while the legislature did not make any additional changes to the 2011-2013 budget during this year’s legislative session, a 16-percent increase was still necessary to balance the budget. The state required the increase for in-state students but the university had more freedom to set the out-of-state tuition, he said. “So at that point we mostly looked at the fairness factor on how things should affect,” Rosenman said.”For example, non-residents compared to residents on the undergraduate level and graduate student level.” Sophomore human development major Marcus Santos represents the GLBTA and Greek Community on the committee. There are four student representatives in total on the committee. Santos said the university would not have met their operational costs if the increase had not been recommended. “The experience has been great because we can tell the administrators definitely take our suggestions and we have very productive conversations about our recommendations,” Santos said.