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Trustees set full tuition rate schedule

April 16, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Acting at its April 16 meeting, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees reaffirmed its commitment to holding the undergraduate resident tuition rate to a 2.4 percent increase for 2004-05 and set rates for the remaining members of the student body.

Trustees approved an average increase for nonresident undergraduate students of 5.6 percent in tuition and required fees. The increase means a typical lower division, undergraduate from out of state will pay $14,573 or $775 more per year, based on a rate of $440.70 per credit hour. This compares with the new cost an average in-state, lower division undergraduate will pay, which is $5,933.

University resident and nonresident graduate students will face similar increases in the amount of tuition and required fees they'll pay this fall as a result of the new tuition schedule. Full-time resident graduate students will pay $6,981, or $775 more for the academic year, based on a rate of $265.80 per credit hour. Full-time nonresident graduate students will pay $14,978, or $720 more per year, based on a rate of $599 per credit hour. The increases for resident and nonresident graduate students represent cost increases of 12.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

According to WMU President Judith I. Bailey, the resident graduate rates at WMU currently rank 12th in Michigan, despite the fact WMU is one of the state's four major research universities and offers a level of graduate programming commensurate with that status. The 12.5 percent increase for resident graduate students will begin the process of realigning the tuition structure in a way more in keeping with the cost of providing such programming.

Previously, at their Feb. 27 meeting, the trustees announced their approval of the 2.4 percent increase in tuition and required fees for resident undergraduate students. At that meeting, University officials also announced residence hall rates and vehicle registration fees would remain unchanged for the coming academic year.

In related action, the board approved an increase in the tuition and fee schedule for students who take classes through WMU's Extended University Programs at campuses around the state. EUP rates will now include the addition of an $80 differential per credit hour to both the main-campus resident upper division rate for undergraduates and resident graduate rate for graduate students, beginning with the start of the Summer II session in 2004. Currently the differential is set at $60 per credit hour, so the new figure is a $20 per credit hour increase.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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