Tuition Goes Up at State University

Tuition Goes Up at State University

Tuition at the state’s only university is going up by $5 per credit hour for residents and $22 for out of state students.

The decision was made recently by the college board of trustees. Additionally, the trustees approved a $91 annual increase in student fees.

As a result, the total bill for tuition and fees for a full-time resident undergraduate student next year will increase by $242 for the year, from $4,404 to $4,646, which is still the lowest among the nation’s 173 public doctoral institutions. Nonresident tuition and fees also will remain among the lowest in the country.

The information comes from Chad Baldwin of the college's public relations office. He said even with the increases, that's still about $1,000 less than tuition at other universities. And, he said, considering the smaller class sizes at the University of Wyoming, and personal instruction received, the value is much more

He said the extra money collected will be used to provide an improved learning management system and other enhancements for students. The tuition increase will also contribute to the first ongoing pay raise for university employees since 2009, including a market adjustment and a merit-based component.

He said the tuition increase is expected to generate about $2.5 million, under the plan approved by the Board of Trustees.

The breakdown of how the money will be spent is as follows:

-- Add $1 million to the $4.15 million approved by the Legislature for UW employee salary adjustments in the coming fiscal year.
-- Help fund UW’s new student learning management system, which teachers use to communicate with students, present assignments, post grades, facilitate class discussions and promote the use of audio and video features, among other functions ($570,000).
-- Increase base-level funding for the College of Arts and Sciences ($350,000).
-- Increase library funding ($250,000).
-- Enhance student retention efforts ($250,000).
-- Increase funding for laboratory operations, equipment and supplies ($80,000).

Here's the link to the full report from the university – http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014...

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