Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bum deal, dude: UCCS tuition increases

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Stock up on ramen, its time for a tuition increase.
  • Stock up on ramen, it's time for a tuition increase.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is increasing its tuition by 7 percent next year, or about $450 a year.

That's hardly good news for struggling students, who are already facing high unemployment, rising gas prices, and the Republican proposal to cut Pell grants that help some 9 million poor families afford college.

Still, it's not as bad as it could have been. The Colorado Department of Education would have allowed UCCS to increase its tuition by a whopping 9 percent.

Here are the details:

CU Regents approve modest tuition increase for UCCS students
DENVER — Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will pay an additional $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 four CU campuses. The approximately 7 percent average increase for UCCS undergraduate students was below a 9 percent rate cap established by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

The UCCS rate increase will likely be among the lowest in Colorado. Tuition increases are necessary because of 30 percent reductions in state funding during the past three years. Colorado ranks 48 nationally in its public financial support for higher education.

“We recognize the financial difficulties that many students and their families face,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “We continue to do everything possible to contain costs, maintain quality and work with students individually to ensure that they can achieve their goal of a college education.”

The total cost of attending UCCS — tuition, fees, room, and board — is expected to increase no more than 5.3 percent.

Most new full-time Colorado resident freshmen and continuing sophomore-level students will pay $6,720 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2011, a $450 increase from the $6,270 paid this year. Full-time Colorado resident junior and senior level undergraduate students will pay $7,230 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2011, a $480 increase from $6,750 this year.

The 7 percent increase is for Colorado resident undergraduate students. Non-Colorado resident students pay more than double that 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 $16,240 for two semesters of tuition beginning in fall 2011, a $320 increase from the $15,920 paid this year.

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

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked UCCS graduate programs in business, nursing, and public affairs as among the best in the nation. Last fall, the magazine editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program as among the nation’s best and the university as a whole in the top 10 of Western regional public universities.

A website to assist UCCS students in calculating tuition and fees will be updated by May 1. The site is http://www.uccs.edu/~bursar/pages/tuition117.shtml.

Located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 9,000 students annually.

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