Friday, February 15, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 94



Tuition to increase for Fall 2002 semester

By Jennifer R. Vickers
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH System Board of Regents unanimously approved a tuition increase for all campuses in the UH System and granted
permission for construction of a student services building at UH-Clear Lake during a Thursday morning meeting.

Tuition will increase by $2 per semester hour for resident undergraduates, raising the rate to $44 per hour. Non-resident
undergraduates will see an increase to $262 per hour from $253. The new rates will be effective at the beginning of Fall 2002.

Graduate tuition will jump by $9 per hour for residents and $11 per hour for non-residents. Pharmacy, law and optometry
students will also have higher tuition next year. The average increase for the UH central campus is $437 per student.

The total tuition increase is projected to yield an additional $4 million for the UH System a 5 percent increase over current
figures. In combination with increases in academic fees, UH anticipates an additional $17.5 million by the end of the 2003 fiscal

Tuition increases are set by the Texas legislature, but are approved by the Board of Regents, UH President and UH System
Chancellor Arthur K. Smith said. Fees are decided by the University and "come as a result of a long process of consultation," he

The Board of Regents' decision to start construction of a student services building at UH-Clear Lake came in conjunction with
approval of an update of the campus' master plan.

The new building, which is estimated to cost $35.9 million, is projected to open in Fall 2004. It will include classrooms,
computer labs, a health center and office space.

Regent Thad "Bo" Smith requested an update from the administration and finance committee regarding the possibility of
decreasing the cost of construction by eliminating a curved wall from the building design.

The committee does not know how such structural changes would change the final cost of construction, Vice President for
Administration and Finance Randy Harris said.

In addition to updates to the Clear Lake campus, the Board approved a resolution directing Smith to work with University
presidents to review budgets for ways to reduce expenditures.

Smith said the resolution is a response to a Jan. 14 letter from Gov. Rick Perry's office requesting that all state institutions review
their budgets and refrain from unnecessary expenditures. The downturn in the economy is also a motivating factor for the
resolution, Smith said.

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