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UW to Revise Program Fees Proposal

March 27, 2017

The University of Wyoming will not implement cost-based fees for academic programs in the 2017-18 academic year.

Following presentation of a program fees proposal to the UW Board of Trustees last week, President Laurie Nichols said her administration will further discuss the issue with UW student leaders and others, then bring a revised proposal to the board later this year -- with the intent of seeking approval for implementation beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

“Members of the board expressed support for the concept of cost-based program fees to take the place of the hodgepodge of course fees UW has in place now,” Nichols says. “However, it’s clear more time is needed to develop a plan that will gain the support of our students and other constituents while still meeting the university’s needs.”

The proposal was crafted by a subcommittee appointed by Nichols to replace a variety of UW academic course and program fees -- 11 separate undergraduate fees, at least 86 course fees, and over 40 fees for course or program activities and other charges. The plan is to replace most of the existing academic fees with a simpler and comprehensive framework to allow students to better understand the costs of attending UW -- while creating a means to cover escalating costs in some programs during a time of flat or declining budgets.

Additionally, during a time of declining state funding, the administration seeks to ensure that the quality of programs at UW is maintained while expanding student services. Revenues from the program fees would stay with each academic unit to cover program requirements, and new revenues would ensure course availability and improve advising, career student services and instruction. Ultimately, the idea behind program fees is improving retention, career readiness and time to graduation for UW students, while keeping the university’s tuition and fees among the lowest of public universities across the country.

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