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Volume 70, Issue 122, Tuesday, April 5, 2005


Regents set to vote on tuition, fee hikes

Host of increases will take effect in the fall if approved Wednesday

Cougar News Services

The UH System Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to consider proposed tuition and fee increases for the fall semester.

The University is proposing a tuition increase of $9.50 per semester credit hour on top of a state-mandated $2-per-hour increase. In addition, various colleges are asking for raises in tuition as well, ranging from $8 an hour for hotel and restaurant management majors to $70 an hour for graduate business students.

The increases would bring UH's base undergraduate tuition to $134.50 per hour, not counting the differentiated rates from different colleges.

Also under consideration are a host of fee increases, including recommended increases of $10 per semester in both the Student Service Fee and the University Center Fee. The Library Fee would increase by $1.50 per hour, the International Education Fee would undergo a $2-per-semester increase and the Academic Service Fee would increase by 50 cents.

Housing fees would also increase by about 3 percent and the cost of parking permits would increase by about 4 percent.

The tuition increase is expected to bring UH about $17 million in additional annual revenue. Most of that money, nearly $12 million, would go toward faculty and staff hiring and retention; the rest would be put into financial aid and student academic services.

Wednesday's regents meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Melcher Board Room at the Athletic/Alumni Center. The meeting is open to the public.

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