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NMSU Regents approve tuition and fee increases

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University on Friday approved a 6.8 percent increase in tuition and required fees for New Mexico residents.


rates are effective with the first session of summer school this year.

The per-semester rate for full-time undergraduate students who are New Mexico residents will increase by $126, to $1,959 for the 2005-06 academic year. The hourly rate for part-time students will increase by $10.50 to $163.25 per credit hour.

For Texas residents who live within 135 miles of the main campus in Las Cruces, the semester rate will increase by $183, or 9.8 percent, to $2,064. Other out-of-state undergraduate students will pay the non-resident rate of $6,603 per semester, an increase of $498 or 8.1 percent.

Jim McDonough, vice president for business and finance, noted that the university's state appropriations for 2005-06 include a "tuition credit" of 4.5 percent, a funding reduction that in effect requires the university to increase tuition by 4.5 percent to stay even.

The additional increase in tuition and fees will help the university to:

? Provide a 2.25 percent increase in salaries for faculty and staff. The state provided 2 percent for compensation, with 0.75 percent to go to the retirement fund, leaving 1.25 percent for salary increases.

? Provide health insurance for graduate assistants, as well as more financial aid for graduate students.

? Increase the university's portion of health insurance premiums for employees earning $30,000 and less so that these employees will not see an increase in their premiums for the coming year.

? Provide additional funding for academic excellence in growth areas such as the College of Education, the College of Health and Social Services, and Distance Education.

? Cover increases in insurance and utility costs.

? Provide additional funds for athletic programs as the university moves into the Western Athletic Conference.

NMSU President Michael Martin said the administration consulted with the leadership of the Associated Students of NMSU, the Faculty Senate, and the Advisory Council on Administrative Policy in preparing its recommendations. "We tried to achieve a balance that maintains accessibility for students, fairness for our employees, and program excellence," he said.

Tuition and fees for graduate students were increased by the same percentage rates. Full-time graduate students who are New Mexico residents will pay $2,103 a semester, an increase of $135 from the current rate. Texas residents who live within 135 miles of the campus will pay $2,220 a semester, up $198. And non-resident graduate students will pay $6,780 a semester, an increase of $513.

At NMSU's two-year campuses, in-district students will see increases ranging from 7.1 percent to 11.1 percent. At NMSU-Alamogordo, full-time in-district students will pay $600 a semester, an increase of $60. At NMSU-Carlsbad, the in-district rate will increase by $48 to $540 a semester. At the Dona Ana Branch Community College, the in-district rate will increase by $36 to $540 a semester. And at NMSU-Grants, the in-district rate will rise by $60 to $564 a semester.