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Volume 69, Issue 106, Monday, March 9, 2004


Forums to focus on tuition, fee hikes

Cougar News Staff

All students -- and their parents -- will have the chance to hear about proposed Fall 2004 tuition and fee increases during forums today and Tuesday.

Administrators will be available to explain a $9.79 per semester credit hour increase in designated tuition, the portion of students' tuition that can be set by the University. That increase comes on the heels of a $19 per credit hour increase approved in the fall and enacted this semester.

The increase in tuition will generate an estimated $10 million in revenue for the University.

Proposed raises in student fees will also be discussed at the forums. Among the possible fee increases is a $4 per semester hike in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Fee. Increasing the fee to $79 per semester would help offset rising utility costs, officials said.

Parking permits could also rise 4 percent beginning in 2005 to help fund a $28.6 million, 1,700-space parking garage proposed for the corner of Scott Street and Holman Avenue.

Distance education fees may also increase to help cover increased use of those services.

The open forums will be held at noon today and at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center's Bluebonnet Room. For more information, or for special accommodations, call the vice president for student affairs' office at (713) 743-5390.

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