Proposed tuition hike for ASU system campuses

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, AR (KAIT) - A proposed tuition hike at Arkansas State University campuses could have students paying up to $204 more a year.

The Board of Trustees of the Arkansas State University System will consider tuition and fee proposals during a meeting scheduled for 1p.m. Thursday at ASU-Beebe's Student Center.

ASU System campuses have proposed tuition increases with additional annual costs ranging from $60 to $204 for a full-time student who takes 30 credit hours during the academic year.

The proposed tuition increase for ASU-Jonesboro is four percent. That increase is expected to generate $1.5 million in additional revenue, which is already committed for increases in fixed operational costs.

While all system institutions are looking at increases in utility costs, property insurance, technology, critical maintenance and other required operating costs, president of the ASU System Dr. Charles Welch said they will keep progressing as much as possible.

"We remain hopeful that as the national economy improves, Governor Beebe and the General Assembly will have funds to increase state funding to our colleges and universities. We also look forward to continuing to enroll and graduate more students than ever before," Dr. Welch said.

Fall 2010 Tuition -- Proposed Fall 2011 Tuition -- Annual Charge (30 credit hrs)

Jonesboro:         $170                          $176.80                                      $204

Beebe:               $81                            $83                                             $60

Mt. Home:          $80                            $84                                             $120

Newport:           $78                            $83                                             $150

*Chart reflects tuition rates only. No additional increases to mandatory fees are being proposed by any ASU System campus.

**Excludes any fee increases previously approved.

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