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IU Trustees set combined fee rates for all campuses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 6, 2005
EDITORS: The complete schedules for undergraduates can be viewed at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/828_h.pdf
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University trustees today (May 6) adopted combined fee schedules for all campuses that will cap the annual increase for in-state undergraduate students at 4.9 percent or less for each of the next two academic years.
The schedules include both instructional fees (tuition) and all other mandatory fees, including those for student activities, technology, transportation, health services and intercollegiate athletics.
The maximum 4.9 percent increase was approved for IU's Bloomington, Indianapolis and South Bend campuses. The other four regional campuses -- East, Kokomo, Northwest and Southeast -- will see combined increases ranging from 4.1 percent to 4.5 percent.
"We didn't go to the maximum 4.9 percent level for all campuses, only for those that will experience a reduction in state operating appropriations over the next two years," said Judy Palmer, IU's vice president and chief financial officer.
At the Bloomington campus next fall, Hoosier undergraduates who started in 2003 or later will pay combined fees totaling $7,112, an increase of $334. For undergraduates who started before 2003, their combined fees will total $6,015, an increase of $278. The complete schedules for undergraduates can be viewed at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/828_h.pdf.
As part of the combined fee increase at IU Bloomington, trustees approved continuing the intercollegiate athletics fee of $30 a year and increasing the transportation fee from $60 to $98.80 a year. At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the student activity fee was increased by $17 to support the Student Center.
The 4.9 percent cap for Hoosier undergrads in each of the next two years was recommended by IU President Adam W. Herbert at an April 13 statewide public forum on combined fees.
Herbert told trustees the increases reflect a balance between the rising costs associated with maintaining quality programs and the need to keep the cost of attending IU at affordable levels for Indiana families.
The approval of these fees for Hoosier undergrads ensures that, for three consecutive years, the growth in the cost of attending IU will remain below projected increases in non-farm personal income in Indiana.
This was the first time that trustees approved increases for a two-year period for undergraduates. Trustees said this is in keeping with a new legislative requirement intended to enable Hoosier students and their families to know the two-year "sticker price" of attending a state college or university.
Palmer told trustees that IU will have to operate on very tight margins for the next two years because the legislature is providing reduced operating funding in the biennial budget it just passed. State funding for operational support was reduced overall by $4.7 million. Also, the legislature provided no additional funding to operate seven new facilities that are scheduled to open during the next two years.
IU did receive an increase in appropriations and authorization for much-needed repair and rehabilitation projects, including modernization of the central heating plant on the Bloomington campus. Lawmakers allocated $21 million toward general repair and rehabilitation and $45 million toward the central heating plant project.
While the combined increase for Hoosier undergraduates will not exceed 4.9 percent on any IU campus, the mix between the amount for instruction and other mandatory fees will vary from campus to campus depending upon the specific needs and priorities at each campus. The combined fee cap for undergraduates does not apply to the graduate and professional program rates, thus these fees have been set to reflect the differences in these post-baccalaureate fields of study.