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Last modified: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bloomington Herald-Times

May 29, 2013

IU officials recommend 1.75% tuition increase over next 2 years

By Mike Leonard

May 24, 2013, last update: 5/24 @ 7:08 pm

Tuition and fee rates for Indiana resident undergraduate students would increase by an average of 1.75 percent at Indiana University in each of the next two academic years under recommendations announced Friday.

The proposals from President Michael A. McRobbie will be presented for approval to the university trustees in a special meeting on June 5 at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis .

IU Communications described the increases as the lowest since the late 1970s. They also will maintain IU's ranking for having the lowest net cost of attendance in the Big Ten as calculated by the White House's College Affordability and Transparency Center's College Scorecard.

The proposed increases for resident undergraduate students fall below the non-binding target of 2 percent, recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. They apparently meet the approval of Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, who wrote in an email exchange Friday: "This is a positive step that aligns with the Commission's tuition recommendations. More importantly, this decision to limit tuition will benefit Hoosier students and families."

As proposed, resident tuition and fee rates at Bloomington and IUPUI will rise by 1.75 percent each of the next two academic years while tuition and fee increases at IU's five regional campuses also will average 1.75. Individual campus increases will range from 1.3 percent to 2.2 percent as the university continues to move toward standardized tuition rates at its regional campuses.

Non-resident tuition and fees would increase 2.75 percent each of the next two years at Bloomington; 1.75 percent at IUPUI; and from 1.5 to 2 percent at IU's regional campuses.

The tuition recommendations would mean that tuition and mandatory fees for Indiana resident students at IU Bloomington will increase from $10,033 in 2012-13 to $10,209 in 2013-14. At IUPUI, resident tuition and fees would go from $8,605 to $8,756 under the recommendation.

The university's tuition recommendations also call for "modest increases" across most graduate programs. Indiana resident graduate students across all campuses will see tuition increases from 0 to 3 percent each of the next two years.

Tuition for nonresident graduate students would increase from 0 to 6 percent over each of the next two years, depending on the program, according to IU Communications.

IU's in-state Big Ten colleague, Purdue University, approved a two-year tuition freeze at its West Lafayette campus this week. Purdue's net price, however, comes in at more than $2,000 per year more than Indiana's and increased 20.7 percent from 2007 to 2009.

IU also is continuing its second year of discounted summer tuition, offering in-state students a 25 percent discount for summer classes and nonresident students a similar dollar amount discount (but a lower percentage because out-of-state tuition is higher).

In addition, beginning this fall, juniors and seniors who are on track to graduate in four years will receive an on-time completion award that will offset increases in tuition and fees for up to two years, as long as the students remain on a path to graduate in four years.