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
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
Chancellor Arthur K. Smith said. Fees
are decided by the University and "come as a result of a long process of
The Board of Regents' decision to start
construction of a student services building at UH-Clear Lake came in conjunction
approval of an update of the campus' master
The new building, which is estimated to
cost $35.9 million, is projected to open in Fall 2004. It will include
computer labs, a health center and office
Regent Thad "Bo" Smith requested an update
from the administration and finance committee regarding the possibility
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
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
their budgets and refrain from unnecessary
expenditures. The downturn in the economy is also a motivating factor for
resolution, Smith said.