July 31, 2001

CONTACT: Ward Mullens




YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has set its tuition for the 2001-2002 academic year. Based on rising fixed costs and a lower than expected increase in state appropriations, the increase in base tuition is an average of 10.7 percent.

"The University has a history of having one of the lowest tuition and fee rates in the state. Last year EMU was 14th lowest of the 15 public four-year universities," said Patrick Doyle, vice president for business and finance at EMU. "Low tuition and fees, coupled with lower than requested state appropriations, could compromise our ability to provide the quality programs students deserve. Even after making $1.5 million in "belt-tightening" budget reallocations last year, the university could not accommodate the impact of rising prices related to utility and labor costs and a lower than expected state appropriation of 1.5 percent."

"This increase is consistent with others throughout Michigan," Doyle said. "Our increase is comparable to the other state institutions that have already raised their tuition, especially when you consider that their level of per student state aid is higher," Doyle said. The average tuition increase of the state institutions is 8 percent.

Eastern Michigan University's base tuition rates for 2001-02 will be:


For residents For non-residents

100-400 level - $120.75 per credit hour 100-400 level - $375.00 per credit hour

500-600 level - $215.00 per credit hour 500-600 level - $440.00 per credit hour

700-999 level - $250.00 per credit hour 700-999 level - $500.00 per credit hour


The current $20 per-credit-hour general fee and the $40 registration fee per semester will not be increased. While the general fee remains the same, EMU will reallocate a portion of that fee in order to add or enhance student services.

These funds will be used to benefit students through such program as need-based grants; staff and support for student with disabilities; planning for the McKenny Union expansion; and academic advising.

Finally, the University will upgrade its outdated technology through a $10 per-credit hour technology fee. This will allow EMU to implement a more centralized communication technology system and address student and faculty concerns.

As part of EMU's overall revenue restructuring, incidental course fees charge to large numbers of students will be eliminated. Instead there will now be program support fees that will be applied to specialized, more costly disciplines, which are also those characterized by higher salaries for our graduates. In most cases, this will have little or no impact on entering students or those enrolled in lower-level classes. Fees will range from $15-$35 per credit hour for upper-level undergraduate classes; $25 to $40 for graduate classes and doctoral courses.

"To offset the impact of these increases, the University has worked hard to increase the amount of financial aid available," said Doyle. Students who have already been awarded financial aid will have their awards revised to reflect the higher costs. A short-term loan fund also will be available to meet emergency needs.

A letter from EMU detailing tuition changes was sent to students and parents in order to provide them ample opportunity to take advantage of financial aid changes.

"Despite the increase, Eastern Michigan University continues to be one of the best educational buys in the state," said Doyle. "When all 15 state universities set their tuition and fees for 2001-02, we expect that EMU will still rank in the lower half in terms of cost, without sacrificing quality."