Monday, March 29, 2010

Tuition increase at UCCS will be 7 percent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM

It's not the worst possible increase, but in-state undergraduates at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs can expect to spend an average of $420 to $450 extra next school year on their tuition.

That works out to an average 7 percent increase, below the maximum of 9 percent set by Gov. Bill Ritter and the Legislature. It comes as UCCS and other public colleges and universities react to declining funding from the state.

Graduate students will also see 7 percent increases.

Of some comfort: UCCS administrators expect the total cost for in-state undergrads, including tuition, fees, room and board, to increase less than 4 percent.

Here's video from CNN of a student protest earlier this month about declining funding:

CU Regents approve modest tuition increase for UCCS students
DENVER — Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will pay an additional $420-$450 per year in tuition costs beginning next fall, according to plans approved today by the CU Board of Regents.

Meeting in downtown Denver in a special meeting, the Regents approved tuition increases for all three CU campuses. The approximately 7 percent average increase for UCCS undergraduate students was below a 9 percent rate cap established by Gov. Bill Ritter and the General Assembly in instructions to higher education governance groups. The UCCS rate increase will likely be among the lowest in Colorado. Tuition increases are necessary because of reductions in state funding for higher education.

“We recognize the financial difficulties that many students and their families face,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We are doing everything possible to contain costs and maintain access to the university while continuing the quality of education that is both expected and deserved.”

The total cost of attending UCCS — tuition, fees, room and board — is expected to increase less than 4 percent.

Most new full-time Colorado resident freshmen and continuing sophomore-level students will pay $6,270 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2010, a $420 increase from the $5,850 paid this year. Full-time Colorado resident junior and senior level undergraduate students will pay $6,750 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2010, a $450 increase from $6,300 this year.

The 7 percent increase is for Colorado resident undergraduate students. Non-Colorado resident students pay rates that are roughly double those of Colorado residents. Those students will see a rate increase of 2 percent beginning in the fall. A full-time undergraduate student from outside of Colorado will pay $15,920 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2010, a $320 increase from the $15,600 paid this year.

Colorado resident graduate students at the university will also see tuition increases averaging 7 percent.

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