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NMSU regents approve tuition and fees for 2004-05

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University today (March 8, 2004) approved an 8.7 percent increase in tuition and required fees for New Mexico residents, an 11.6 percent increase for Texas residents within 135 miles of the main campus and an 8.5 percent increase for non-resident students.

cDonough, NMSU vice president for business and finance, said the increases will offset a 4 percent "tuition credit" reduction in the university's state appropriations for the coming year, help cover increasing insurance and utility costs, and allow the university to provide faculty and staff salary increases of 4 percent.

For the 2004-05 academic year, full-time undergraduate students who are New Mexico residents will pay $1,833 per semester at the main campus, a $147 increase over the current rate.

Texas residents who live within 135 miles of the main campus will pay $1,881 per semester, a $195 increase. These students have been paying the same tuition and fees as New Mexico residents. McDonough said the increase will partially offset an $800,000 cut in state appropriations for the 135-mile tuition waiver program.

The non-resident rate for full-time undergraduate students will be $6,105 per semester, an increase of $480 over the current rate.

Graduate students from New Mexico will see an 8.6 percent increase, to $1,968 per semester, and graduate students from the 135-mile Texas tuition waiver area will see an 11.6 percent increase, to $2,022 per semester. Non-resident graduate students will pay $6,267 per semester, an 8.5 percent increase.

Hourly rates for part-time students will rise by the same percentages. The increases will be effective with the first summer session this year.

"When we look at this tuition increase we need to realize we started out 4 percent behind because the state is taking a 4 percent tuition credit," Regent Bob Gallagher said. He also noted that the state budget provides funding for salary increases of 2 percent, but "we need to attempt to catch up to our peer institutions in salaries, and this will allow a compensation increase of 4 percent for faculty and staff."

The increases include student fee increases approved by a student fee review board to pay for improvements in facilities and other fee-supported operations.

An extra $15 per credit fee will be charged for distance education courses to cover the additional costs of delivering these courses.

Students at the NMSU-Carlsbad campus will see no increase in tuition. At the Dona Ana Branch Community College, tuition for in-district students will increase by $2 per credit hour. At NMSU-Alamogordo, in-district students will pay $4 more per credit hour. At NMSU-Grants, in-district students will pay $5 more per credit hour.

The board also elected Gallagher as president, Steve Anaya as vice president, and Laura Conniff as secretary-treasurer for one-year terms.