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NMSU regents approve 5-percent increase in tuition, fees

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a 5-percent increase in tuition and required fees for most students at the main campus in Las Cruces for 2009-2010.

As always, decisions on such increases are made only after discussions and input from the student government at NMSU.

The increase was needed to help offset the impact of a reduction in state appropriations to the university related to the state's application of a "tuition credit" that in essence will require the university to raise tuition by at least 5 percent to stay even. The state imposed further funding reductions beyond the tuition credit.

In the last five years, resident undergraduate tuition increases at the university have ranged from 5.2 percent to 8.7 percent. This will be the smallest increase during that time.

For full-time resident students, tuition at the Las Cruces campus will increase by $90 per semester while fees will edge up by $30 per semester.

The board also approved a 6-percent increase in meal plans and 4- to 6-percent increases in housing rates.

Tuition and fees also were increased at some community college campuses. At NMSU-Alamogordo, full-time, in-district tuition and fees will go from $720 to $756; at NMSU-Dona Ana, $600 to $636; and at NMSU-Grants, $660 to $696. No increase is planned at NMSU-Carlsbad.