Tuition hike submitted to CSU Board of Governors
DENVER - As spring semester nears its end for college students
throughout Colorado, governing entities have some decisions to make
concerning the issue of tuition for in-state students.
Colorado State University president Tony Frank has submitted the
proposed budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 to the CSU Board of
Part of the budget, which is up for approval in June, is a tuition
increase for Colorado residents, according to CSU provost and Executive
Vice President Rick Miranda.
Currently, full-time, in-state students are charged $262 per credit for
their first 10 credits, with no charge for any credits 11 and above. The
proposed increase would require students to pay for their 11th and 12th
credits, with credits 13 and above free of charge.
Mathematically, this amounts to a 20 percent increase in tuition, said Miranda.
The proposed budget would increase tuition by 9 percent for part-time in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.
"The income from the increase would largely be spent on paying for what
state and federal resources paid for," Miranda said, referring to a
looming $23 million reduction in state and federal funds. Federal
stimulus dollars are set to run out on July 1.
Looking ahead to fiscal year 2012-13, Miranda said the hope is to keep
tuition increases back to single digits, but that the university would
also like to lift the salary freeze for faculty that has been in place
for the past three years.
Miranda said that most of the feedback from the BOG regarding the budget has been positive.
"We're pretty confident that the BOG will approve this budget," Miranda said.
A bill to be voted on by the state Senate on April 15 could affect how
much undocumented students pay to attend any Colorado college or
SB-126 will require that undocumented students pay in-state tuition, if
they meet a set of criteria, which includes attending a Colorado high
school for at least three years, graduating from a Colorado high school
or obtaining a GED in Colorado, and being accepted to a Colorado
institution of higher education within 12 months of graduating high
school or obtaining a GED.
The bill is being promoted by Higher Education Access Alliance and is
meant to both allow undocumented students to further their education and
to provide extra income to state colleges and universities.
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