Regents to vote on tuition increase in November
Elika Roohi/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 22, 2013
At the Sept. 26 to 27 Board of Regents meeting, University of Alaska President Gamble proposed a $6 per undergraduate credit increase for the 2014-2015 school year. The increase will be voted on at the next Regents meeting on Nov. 6.
The proposal also included a $12 per credit increase for graduate and out-of-state tuition. An undergraduate student taking 15 credits would pay $90 more per semester, while a graduate or out-of-state student would pay $180 more.
Tuition increases are usually proposed as percentages, but a flat dollar amount is easier for students to calculate, said UA Director of Public Affairs Kate Ripley.
“It ends up being a dollar increase anyway,” Ripley said.
Percentage increases can be slightly incorrect because of the rounding up that happens to reach a flat dollar amount. “The thought was, why don’t we just be specific and give the dollar? Because that’s what really happens,” Ripley said.
A $6 per credit increase ends up being roughly a three percent increase.
The University of Alaska system is currently facing a huge deficit, but
doesn’t intend to make it up through tuition increases, according to Ripley.
“President Gamble really has a philosophy that tuition is the last place you wanna go,” Ripley said.
Tuition proposals that have come forward since Gamble has been president have been the lowest that the university has had in a very long time, Ripley said. Gamble became president of the UA system in the summer of 2010, and since then tuition increases have been less than 10 percent.
“I’m immensely proud of the university for keeping the tuition increase so low in such a budget tight year,” said Student Regent Courtney Enright.
The board also reviewed the UAF School of Management’s proposal for a differential tuition increase. Their proposal was to increase tuition by 25 percent for upper division SOM classes.
The fiscal impact that a differential tuition increase would have on the university is less than one percent of the UAF budget, so the board unanimously decided to let President Gamble and Chancellor Brian Rogers make the decision as a surcharge, which is allowed under board policy.
Gamble said he would make a decision as soon as possible, according to the UA website.