April 8, 2011 by Julie M. Hughes, NMSU News Center
At a special meeting April 8, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a 7.9-percent increase in tuition and fees for resident undergraduate students at the main campus in Las Cruces for 2011-2012.
“We do not make these decisions lightly,” said Regents Chair Laura Conniff. “We have done everything we can for the best interest of the university and will continue to do so.”
The Regents also commended the university staff for their efforts.
“We are fortunate at this university to have had some prudent budgeting,” said Regent Isaac Pino.
The increase was needed to help offset the impact of a reduction in state appropriations to the university, including a 3.1-percent resident student “tuition credit” that requires the university to raise tuition to stay even. The state imposed further funding reductions beyond the tuition credit. The primary cut components for NMSU Las Cruces were the fiscal year 2011 mid-year reduction of $3.7 million, which was made permanent, and $3.8 million in waiver eliminations. NMSU was cut more than any other four-year institution in the state. In total, the NMSU system has endured a $35 million reduction in state appropriations since fiscal year 2009.
The 7.9-percent increase for full-time, resident undergraduate students means an additional $213.60 per semester. For full-time, non-resident undergraduate students the increase will be 9.5 percent or $794.40 per semester. Full-time, resident graduate students will see an 8.1- percent increase or $235.20 per semester. Full-time, non-resident graduate students will increase 9.6 percent or $816 per semester.
“Our budget recommendations reflect the challenging situation we all face and we have carefully considered the difficulties the economic hardships bring to students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve,” said President Barbara Couture.
NMSU community colleges will see some tuition increases as well. For resident in-district students NMSU Alamogordo will increase 10.1 percent, NMSU Carlsbad 7.5 percent, Doña Ana Community College 8.8 percent and NMSU Grants 14.5 percent.
The board also approved a 2.5-percent increase in housing rates. Funds generated through these increases will be used to offset increased operating costs for Housing and Residential Life. There will not be an increase in meal plans. Both housing and meal plans at NMSU remain competitive with regional universities and the local market.
Parking fees for the 2011-2012 academic year were increased by 17 cents per month for students and 33 cents per month for the majority of employees. Funds generated through the increase will be used to support parking lot maintenance.