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Regents approve tuition and fees for 2000-2001

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (May 13, 2000) approved an 11.5 percent increase in tuition and required fees for the 2000-2001 academic year.


The board approved the increase after rejecting a motion to raise tuition by 15 percent and required fees by 9.1 percent.

"I think we are in a crisis mode in terms of faculty and staff salaries," board Vice President Larry Sheffield of Las Cruces said in proposing the higher increase as a way to improve salaries and boost the stipends paid to graduate students.

Board President Adelmo "Del" Archuleta of Albuquerque proposed the compromise, which will increase tuition by 12.5 percent and required fees by 9.1 percent for an overall increase of 11.5 percent. The increase will assure that faculty and staff receive raises averaging 3 percent and that graduate assistants receive stipend increases of about $2,000.

The in-state rate for full-time students will rise by $144 per semester, to $1,395 in tuition and required fees. The out-of-state rate will go up $498, to $4,581 per semester. Full-time graduate students will pay $1,497 per semester, an increase of $156. The out- of-state rate for graduate students will rise by $515, to $4,701 per semester.

Regents noted that the new rates are slightly lower than those at the University of New Mexico, which recently approved a 15 percent increase.

The NMSU administration had proposed a 9.1 percent increase to cover rising costs, including a jump of more than 200 percent in state liability insurance.

Tuition and fee increases at NMSU's four branch campuses -- Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces, NMSU-Alamogordo, NMSU-Carlsbad and NMSU- Grants -- will range from 1.19 percent to 6 percent.

The 11.5 percent increase in main campus rates was approved on a 4-to-1 vote. Avery Culbertson of Las Cruces, the student member of the Board of Regents, voted against it while Archuleta, Sheffield, John Van Sweden of Raton and James Manatt of Roswell voted in favor. The vote against the higher increase was 3-2, with Archuleta and Van Sweden joining Culbertson in opposition.

Karl Hill
May 13, 2000