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Regents approve 4.9 percent increase in tuition and fees

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Friday, April 11, 2003) approved a 4.9 percent increase in tuition and required fees for students at the main campus in Las Cruces.

and fees for full-time undergraduate students who qualify for the in-state rate will be $1,686 per semester for the 2003-04 academic year, a $78 increase over the current rate.

James McDonough, the university's vice president for business and finance, noted that state appropriations for 2003-04 included a 4 percent "tuition credit," which is a reduction in appropriations. To offset the tuition credit, the administration recommended a tuition increase of $45 per full-time student.

The other part of the $78-per-semester increase is a $33 addition to student fees, recommended by the Student Fee Review Board, chaired by student government President Jake Hill. The fee increase will help pay for renovations to the Pan American Center and the Corbett Center Student Union, among other things.

The out-of-state tuition rate for full-time undergraduates will rise by $231, to $5,625 per semester. The hourly rate for part-time undergraduates will be $140.50 per credit hour for New Mexico residents and others qualifying for the in-state rate, an increase of $6.50. The non-resident hourly rate will be $468.75 per credit hour, an increase of $19.25.

Rates for graduate students also will rise by 4.9 percent. The resident rate will be $1,812 per semester for full-time graduate students or $151 per credit hour for part-time students. For non-resident graduate students, the rates will be $5,775 per semester or $481.25 per hour.

Rates at the branch campuses will increase by $2 per credit hour for resident students at the Dona Ana Branch Community College, NMSU-Carlsbad and NMSU-Grants. The increase at NMSU-Alamogordo will be $3 per credit hour.

The tuition increase was approved on a 3-2 vote, with Board President Laura Conniff and Regents Jim Manatt and Felicia Ybarra supporting it. Regents Bob Gallagher and Steve Anaya favored a 2.5 percent increase, with the difference to be made up from budget cuts or taken from the university's reserve fund.

The regents also approved a 6 percent increase in housing rates for single students who live on campus and a 3 percent increase for those living in student family housing.