State Board of Regents approves lowest tuition increase in a decade for Utah students

SANDY – At a meeting held Friday on the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College, the Utah State Board of Regents approved tuition increases of five percent at six public colleges and universities, plus a six percent increase at two additional institutions. For most students, this will be the lowest tuition increase in a decade.

“Regents are asked to consider a number of factors when setting tuition, including state funding, institutional need, and inflation. Higher education saw a budget increase this year and we are pleased that the legislature made support for higher education a priority,” Utah Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler said. “However, legislative funding did not cover all mandatory cost increases, and so some tuition increases are needed in order to fully fund personnel, student support, and in some cases, cover revenue shortfalls from temporary declines in enrollment.”

“We appreciate the legislature’s investment in higher education, which allows us to keep tuition increases to a minimum,” Board of Regents Chair Bonnie Jean Beesley said. “We will need continued investment by the legislature to allow us to progress toward meeting the state’s 66 percent goal.”

The following table shows the tuition increases, which take effect the for the 2013 summer term, for students at Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. Tuition is based on a full year of enrollment.

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Image provided by Utah State Board of Regents

The Regents also approved award amounts for both the New Century and Regents’ Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. Recipients of the New Century Scholarship, which is awarded to qualified students who earn an associate’s degree in high school, will receive $1,100 a semester for up to four semesters. The Regents’ Scholarship is awarded to qualified students who complete a core course of study and meet minimum academic requirements. Recipients of the Base Award for 2013-14 will receive a one-time award of $1,000. Those qualifying for the Exemplary Award will receive $1,100 per semester for up to four semesters. More information on these scholarships can be found on the Utah System of Higher Education website.

Submitted by: Utah State Board of Regents

Ed. Note: An error in the provided table has been corrected, changing the number previously listed as $,368 to $4,368.

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