LCSN: NMSU raises rates across the board

April 2, 2010. Retrieved online: April 5, 2010, from Amanda L. Husson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Communication studies major Joshua Lozano, 22, won’t feel the cost of a tuition increase passed Thursday by the New Mexico State University regents.

Not yet, anyway.

But Lozano’s student loans will come due in about a year, and he knows he’ll be faced with the higher cost and the interest, to boot.

“I guess it’s pretty disappointing,” Lozano said, taking a break from studying for his Chinese class. “I feel like they increase tuition every year, and that kind of stinks.”

Under the new tuition rates approved by the regents in a 4-1 vote (student regent Chris Anaya cast the dissenting vote), in-state, undergraduate students like Lozano will face an 8 percent increase in tuition and fees.

If he’s going to be investing more in his education, Lozano said he’d like to see that investment come back to him, in the form of recruiting high-quality professors.

“And I feel like parking needs to have more money going into it,” he said.

Allie Bailey, 21, a junior majoring in elementary education, said seeing tuition increases year after year makes her really grateful for her scholarships, which cover her tuition and fees completely.

“I know many people who are paying out of pocket, and it’s a struggle now,” she said. “It’s only going to get tougher for them.”

At the same time, Bailey said, tuition at NMSU is much cheaper than a lot of other schools, especially on the East Coast, where she grew up.

For students who live on campus and purchase the school’s meal plan, more than tuition rates are also going up. Nick Ford, 18, is a freshman living in the Garcia Hall dorms. In total, with the hike in tuition, housing and food rates, he’ll be paying nearly $300 more each semester. Scholarships cover a portion of his school costs, and he works in the summer to help his parents cover the rest.

“Of course I don’t like it,” Ford said of the increase. “It’s less money in your pocket. Less money to go toward something else, like books.”

Alejandro Cuevas, 19, another freshman who lives on campus in the Pi-on dorms, is lucky enough to have all of his school expenses covered – and then some. Through the College Assistant Migrant Program, he works and has 75 percent of his costs covered. On top of that, he qualifies for some financial aid and a scholarship. He’s used some of the additional money to buy things he needs for school, like a laptop computer and calculator.

Still, he’s keenly aware that all the money for his electrical engineering degree isn’t to be taken for granted.

Going up

  • In-state tuition: 8 percent
  • Out-of-state tuition: 10 percent
  • Housing: 3 percent
  • Meal plan: 3 percent
  • Parking, students: 4.5 percent
  • Parking, staff: 4.5 percent

Undergraduate rates

Resident students (Current/Next year)

  • Hourly rate $208/$225
  • Full-time rate $2,499/$2,700
  • 135-mile Texas rate $2,634/$2,856

Non-resident students

  • Hourly rate $631/$695
  • Full-time rate $7,575/$8,340

Graduate rates

Resident students

  • Hourly rate $223/$242
  • Full-time rate $2,682/$2,904
  • 135-mile Texas rate $2,832/$3,072

Non-resident students

  • Hourly rate $647/$712
  • Full-time rate $7,767/$8,544

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