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Dec. 2, 2003
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Eastern Michigan University Regents Approve Appropriations Request for Fiscal Year 2005

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a fiscal year 2005 state appropriation request strategy at its regular meeting, Dec. 2.
The University’s 2005 appropriation request includes: identifying $12.7 million for fixed costs and program improvements; requesting a continuation budget from the state with an appropriation equal to the FY 2004 level ($78,873,480); and that if the economic climate improves, requesting that the state restore funding to the FY2002 appropriation of $87,637,200 ($8.8 million restoration).

“The University recognizes the fiscal challenges that the state is facing, so we are not asking for an increase, but that funding be maintained at existing levels,” said John Beaghan, interim vice president for business and finance at EMU.

“EMU has always embraced accessibility and affordability and historically, we’ve restrained tuition increases and approved scholarship programs in order to preserve access for Michigan students.”

Beaghan said that Eastern Michigan University is serving more Michigan residents in FY2004 than it has since 1979. This fall, Michigan residents account for 95.6 percent of total enrollment. But with flat state appropriations, the funding per student has decreased.

In an effort to promote access, Beaghan said the University has increased student
financial aid more than 44 percent since FY2001 and is actively pursuing cost avoidance issues.

The request establishes the initial resource planning parameters for 2004-05, Beaghan said. The purpose is to identify the fiscal needs of the University for the Office of the State Budget. It does not preempt the Board of Regent’s approval of the operating budget that is under development for the June 2004 Board meeting.

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