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UW Resident Undergraduate Tuition Won't Change

January 25, 2008

Resident undergraduate students at the University of Wyoming will not have to pay increased tuition costs for the second consecutive year as a result of action taken today (Friday) by the UW Board of Trustees.

In approving tuition costs for the 2008-2009 academic year, the trustees also voted increases of about 6 percent for resident graduate students, law students and pharmacy students, and an increase of about 6 percent for all non-resident students. Trustees also approved differential tuition rates for students in the College of Law and School of Pharmacy.

Vice President for Administration Phill Harris said Wyoming is in a good position to keep tuition increases at such a low rate because of the tremendous support from the governor and Wyoming State Legislature in recent years. Salary and benefits, capital outlay and one-time funds have been provided and UW's pressing technology needs have been funded.

However, operating budgets that are met by tuition, such as laboratory and office supplies, postage and phone costs continue to be eroded by inflation.

"Increases in tuition revenue can be used to mitigate the inflationary impact on support budgets and provide for a meaningful adjustment to this budget category," Harris reported. "It is essential that these budgets be adjusted on a regular basis to maintain operations."

Harris presented charts showing that Wyoming's resident undergraduate tuition ranks the lowest among 25 comparator institutions in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program.

Resident undergraduate tuition will remain at $94 per credit hour, for a total of $2,820 for the 2008-09 academic year. Graduate student tuition for residents was increased 6.1 percent from $164 to $174 per credit hour, for an academic year cost of $3,132.

The per-credit hour tuition for non-resident undergraduates increases from $322 this academic year to $341 per credit hour in 2008-09, an annual cost of $10,230, a 5.9 percent increase. Non resident graduate tuition for next year will increase from $470 to $498 per credit hour, for an annual cost of $8,964.

Trustees approved raising the resident tuition for students in the School of Pharmacy from $238 to $262 per credit hour, for an academic year total of $8,908. Non-resident pharmacy tuition will increase from $455 per credit hour to $532, for a total of $19,924 for the academic year. This increase includes a base increase plus differential tuition to cover 12 four-week rotations in an advanced pharmacy practice site, and for a new position to assist with student admissions, data management and continuing education.

Tuition for Wyoming residents attending law school will increase from $247 per credit hour this year to $288 for 2008-09, for an academic year cost of $8,928. The tuition for non-resident law students will increase from $553 to $643 per credit hour, for an academic year cost of $19,933. This includes an increase in the law tuition differential to achieve the College of Law's planning goals to build strength in natural resources and energy law, and to address issues raised in forthcoming accreditation reports.

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