April 13, 2009 by Dustin Edwards Round Up
Board of Regents approves increase in student meal plans, campus housing
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a 5 percent tuition hike Wednesday morning for all full-time main campus students.
Effective in the fall, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees will rise from $2,379 to $2,499, a $120 jump, which is the smallest increase during the last five years. According to a press release, past undergraduate tuition increases have ranged from 5.2 percent to 8.7 percent.
The tuition for full-time in-state graduate students will increase from $2,544 to $2,682.
For out-of-state full-time students, tuition will increase from $7,370 to $7,575.
Additionally, the board approved a 6 percent increase in student meal plans and a 4 to 6 percent increase in student housing.
“The increase was needed to help offset the impact of a reduction in state appropriations to the university, related to the state’s application of a ‘tuition credit’ that, in essence, will require the university to raise tuition by at least 5 percent to stay even,” the press release stated.
“The tuition increase surprises me because of the current economy crisis,” said Ashley Redman, a junior management student. “That’s an extra $100; it’s not a good thing.”
Redman, who lives on campus, said she was particularly surprised by the increase in student housing.
“It’s getting more and more expensive to live on campus,” Redman said. “I still want the convenience of living on campus, but it’s becoming less and less affordable.”
“I expect tuition to rise every semester,” said Aubrey Island, a junior psychology student. “I know it’s going to keep going up.”
Island said he also lives on campus. However, the price increase may keep him from returning next semester.
“I never pay attention to how much tuition goes up,” Island said. “I just know it always goes up.”
All NMSU community colleges, except for the Carlsbad campus, will also see an increase in tuition and fees. Tuition will increase from $600 to $636 at Doña Ana Community College; from $720 to $756 at Alamogordo; and from $660 to $696 at Grants.
The board is comprised of five members appointed by the governor of New Mexico. Student Regent Chris Anaya and member Javier Gonzales voted against the tuition increase, opting instead for a 4.5 percent increase, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
However, in a 3-2 vote, the proposed 5 percent tuition increase was approved.