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Regents approve 7 percent increase in tuition and fees

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Thursday, June 27) approved a 7 percent increase in tuition and required fees for students paying in-state rates and an 8 percent increase for those paying non-resident rates.


ull-time undergraduate student, in-state tuition and fees will rise by $105 per semester, to $1,608, for the 2002-03 academic year. The hourly rate will increase by $8.75, to $134 per credit hour.

Non-resident rates will increase by $387 per semester, to $5,394 for full-time undergraduates, and by $32.25 per hour, to $449.50 per credit hour, for part-time students.

The in-state rates apply to students who qualify as New Mexico residents and to Texas residents who live within 135 miles of the main campus in Las Cruces.

Vice President for Business and Finance Jim McDonough noted that the university had to raise student costs by at least 3 percent to stay even, because of a 3 percent tuition credit included in state appropriations for higher education. The additional increase was needed to cover unavoidable costs such as rising utility and health insurance rates, he said.

The tuition increase also will allow the university to provide salary adjustments of $300 for the year for regular employees, pro-rated for part-time employees, to cover increases in their insurance premiums. Without this adjustment, most employees would see a cut in their take-home pay this year because state appropriations included no compensation increases.

McDonough said tuition increases this year at similar institutions -- identified by the Commission on Higher Education as NMSU's peers -- average 11 percent.

Graduate students at New Mexico State who qualify for in-state rates will pay $1,728 per semester, a $111 increase, or $144 per credit hour, a $9.25 increase. The costs for non-resident graduate students will be $5,538 per semester, an increase of $399, for full-time students and $461.50 per credit hour, an increase of $33.25, for part-time students.

Costs per credit hour at the university's four branch campuses will rise by amounts ranging from $1 per hour to $6 per hour.

At the Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces, rates will rise by $1 per credit hour, to $38, for resident in-district students; by $1, to $43, for resident out-of-district students; and by $3, to $99, for non-resident students.

At NMSU-Alamogordo, rates will rise by $2 per hour, to $38, for resident in-district students; by $2, to $43, for resident out-of-district students; and by $6, to $98, for non-resident students.

At NMSU-Carlsbad, the increases are $3 per credit hour for all three categories, to $39 for resident in-district students, $44 for resident out-of-district students, and $96 for non-resident students.

At NMSU-Grants, there will be a $2 increase for all three categories, to $35 for resident in-district students, $40 for resident out-of-district and $92 for non-resident students.

The increases are effective with the current summer session.

The regents approved an operating budget for 2002-03 totaling $441 million. State appropriations for the year total $131.9 million, an increase of about $5.6 million over this year. The net increase in general fund appropriations for the university is about $395,000. The major increases were for specific line-item programs such as New Mexico Department of Agriculture projects to eradicate salt cedar along rivers.

Karl Hill
June 27, 2002