Tuition increase announced for next year

By The Beacon | March 2, 2011 9:00pm

By Jocelyne LaFortune, Staff Writer --

The Board of Regents has approved a 4.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to Denis Ransmeier, vice president for Financial Affairs.

"This increase is similar to what we've seen in recent years," Ransmeier said. "And I think you'll find that other schools are seeing similar raises."

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year will be $33,640 for full-time undergraduate students, according to Ransmeier. In comparison, tuition for the current academic year is $32,190, according to Ransmeier. The professional tuition charge will rise from $35 to $50 per credit hour.

Additionally, combined room and board charges will also increase 4.5 percent, according to Ransmeier.

The increases in tuition are due to rising costs in energy, maintenance of buildings and some salary increases, according to Ransmeier.

"There are some modest salary increases that will be put in place," Ransmeier said. "But most of the increases will go toward maintaining buildings on campus, whether that means worn out furniture or roof replacements now that we have more buildings on campus."

Additionally, changes in staff will require more funding, according to Ransmeier.

"With the addition of Fr. Poorman, and John Goldrick sort of retiring, we'll need a little more funding." Ransmeier said. "And there are a couple new positions with the RISE Campaign that will also require some funds."