FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 25, 2002
Contact Ward Mullens
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EASTERN MICHIGAN REGENTS APPROVE LIMITING
OF TUITION AND FEES FOR 2002-2003 ACADEMIC YEAR


YPSILANTI -The Eastern Michigan Board of Regents voted today to limit the resident undergraduate tuition increase to $425. The Board’s action was in accordance with an unprecedented agreement reached earlier this year between the governor, state legislature and the Presidents Council: State Universities of Michigan.

“We realize that any tuition increase is challenging for students and parents, but we must deal with the economics of the situation and not compromise on quality,” said Dr. Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, president of Eastern Michigan University. “The reality is that we have received no increase in state appropriations while energy and health care costs have skyrocketed. We are working very hard to keep tuition as low as possible without sacrificing the quality of education we provide and while increasing our financial aid to students.”

The compromise between the President’s Council and the state legislature guaranteed that the state would not cut higher education appropriations for fiscal 2002-03 provided that state colleges and universities did not increase tuition more than 8.5 percent or $425 per student, whichever is greater. The increase is based on a fiscal year equated student (FYES is any student who takes 30 credit hours per year).

“Even with the approved increase, we expect that EMU’s resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee rate will still be one of the lowest in the state,” said Patrick Doyle, vice president for business and finance at EMU. “Based upon preliminary reports from around the state, we expect to maintain our relative position as the 6th least expensive institution among the 15 state institutions. That’s good news for our students and others looking for a high quality education and a great value.”

The $425 increase will mean that a resident undergraduate student who takes 30 credit hours per year will pay $5,028 in tuition and fees, up from $4,603 in 2001-02. Undergraduate resident credit hours represent 82 percent of all credit hours produced during the year.

The increase per credit hour will be $14.15 for resident undergraduate students, an increase from $120.75 to $134.90. The increase per credit hour for residents in master’s - programs will be $31, an increase from $215 to $246 per credit hour. Doctoral students will pay $35.75 more per credit hour, an increase from $250 to $285.75 per credit hour.

Non-resident undergraduate tuition will increase to $426 per credit hour from $375; $500 for master's programs, up from $440; and $567 per credit hour for post master's programs, up from $500.

The current $20 per credit hour general fee; the $40 registration fee per semester; and the $10 per credit hour technology fee will remain the same. In addition, the University has eliminated its transcript fee for students and alumni.
A $10 per credit hour College of Arts and Sciences fee will be implemented for students taking upper-level undergraduate and graduate liberal arts courses.

Doyle said the reason for the new fee is that traditionally these courses are smaller and taught by more senior faculty.
Despite a weakened economy and rising fixed costs, Doyle said EMU is able to hold down its tuition increase thanks to growing enrollment, cost avoidances and adjustments in health care enrollments.

EMU is expecting an enrollment of 565,485 credit hours, a 4.2 percent increase over 2001-02; has instituted an energy conservation plan; and migrated several University labor groups to the same health care plan.

Although EMU has only realized a 1.5 percent increase in state appropriations in the past two years, Doyle added that EMU will increase financial aid awards by $1.9 million dollars.

“To help offset the tuition increases, we have been reallocating money to financial aid. Over the past three years we have increased the scholarship-based financial aid pool from $8 million to $13 million, including more than $1.9 million that will be added this year,” Doyle said. “That’s not federal or state money, but money that comes from Eastern Michigan University.”

“We are working hard to maintain our reputation as a University of access, quality and affordability,” said Doyle.

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