Arizona University Leaders Want Tuition Increases Again

It is that time of year again when the highly-paid leaders of Arizona’s three public universities announce that they want to raise students’ tuition. Tuition proposals for the 2016-17 academic year were released last week by the presidents of Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

“All three of our universities have been engaged with their teams and the board over the past six years in an intensive, ongoing effort to find cost savings, establish and grow other sources of revenue, and evolve their financial models. At the same time, we are working toward ever-improving academic quality and student experience. The state’s part and partnership, not only as a funder but as a collaborator in this work, will be critically important this year and in years to come,” said Jay Heiler, Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, in a statement released last week.

Arizona’s regents have complained about cuts in education funding over the years, however, normalized data shows that the Board of Regents, ASU East Campus and UA HSC have experienced increased funding.

ASU proposal:

Last year, ASU leadership enacted a $320 surcharge to all resident students. ASU proposes reducing the surcharge by $50 to $270. The remainder of the surcharge will be kept in place until at least FY18. ASU leadership also is proposing to increase base tuition. For resident students (undergraduate and graduate), the increase proposed is $200 for the year. For non-resident and international undergraduate students the increase is $1,000 for the year. For non-resident and international graduate students the increase is $1,100 for the year.

UA proposal:

  • For entering freshmen, the cost of the four-year guarantee including mandatory fees and tuition together will be higher than last year by 3.20% ($366) for residents and 7.20% ($2,337) for non-residents. By definition, this cost will not increase over the four years of the guarantee.
  • For current undergraduate students who chose not to opt into the guarantee program (around 22% of undergraduate students), the change in mandatory fees and tuition together will be a 2.80% ($299) increase for residents and a 5.80% ($1,745) increase for non-residents.
  • For graduate students the change in mandatory fees and tuition together will be a 2.80% ($355) increase for residents and a 5.80% ($1,765) increase for non-residents. A pilot tuition guarantee program was offered last year to selected Master’s degree students at the request of student leadership. No students chose to enroll in this program.

The 2.80% increase in tuition and fees for students who chose not to opt-in to the guaranteed tuition program will amount to a total of $2.6 million in revenue change. For the 78% of continuing students who are enrolled in the tuition guarantee plan, there is no change in tuition and the University will gain no new revenue per student FTE.

Any other increase in tuition revenue will not come from an increase in tuition rate but from enrollment growth or a change in the mix of resident and non-resident students.

NAU proposal:

Flagstaff campus

  • New resident undergraduate students: $10,764
  • New nonresident undergraduate students: $24,144
  • Resident graduate students: $9,989 ($383 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,976 ($732 increase)
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Program students: $15,637 ($548 increase)

NAU-Yuma

  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,508 ($330 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $20,410 ($706 increase)

Extended Campus sites (including online)

  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,647 ($333 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $20,411 ($705 increase)
  • Resident graduate students: $9,379 ($383 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,366 ($732 increase)

Personalized Learning 

  • Personalized Learning: $3,000/six-month period ($500 increase)

NAU-Yavapai

  • Resident undergraduate students: $5,843 ($281 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $16,516 ($592 increase)

Mandatory fees

  • Information Technology Fee: $14 per credit hour up to 24 credits per year ($5/credit hour increase)

Undergraduate program fees

  • Geology: $700/semester for three semesters (replaces up to $1,820 in course fees)
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management: $290/semester beginning the first semester of junior year (replaces up to $750 in course fees)
  • Nursing Accelerated Program – Post-baccalaureate: $800/semester for three semesters ($267/semester increase, replaces $300 in course fees)
  • Nursing: $600/semester for four semesters ($200/semester increase, replaces $600 in course fees)
  • Nursing RN to BSN: $10/credit hour (replaces $150 in course fees)

Graduate program fees
Master’s

  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Speech – Language Pathology: $40/credit hour ($10/credit hour increase)
  • Global Business Administration at Yuma: $6,000 for new program at NAU-Yuma (total program fee divided among four core courses)
  • Public Administration: $1,500 (total program fee divided among five core courses)
  • Physician Assistant Program: Increase to $14,000/year ($1000/year increase)
  • Nursing and post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase, replaces $265 in course fees)

Doctoral

  • Nursing Practice: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase)

From the Joint Legislative Budget Council:

FY 2015 Appropriations Report – Northern Arizona University

Appropriations – Northern Arizona University ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 104,887,800 109,245,000 118,281,200
Other Appropriated Funds
University Collections Fund 107,409,100 120,281,100 120,281,100
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 107,409,100 120,281,100 120,281,100
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 212,296,900 229,526,100 238,562,300
Other Non-Appropriated Funds 179,638,100 188,657,700 191,057,600
Federal Funds 73,120,100 73,851,500 74,589,800
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 465,055,100 492,035,300 504,209,700
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 198,658,500 212,283,800 212,783,800
AGENCY TOTAL 212,296,900 229,526,100 238,562,300

FY 2015 Appropriations Report – Tempe/DPC

FY 2015 Appropriations – Tempe/DPC ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 255,735,200 270,228,200 290,104,300
Other Appropriated Funds
University Collections Fund 428,119,300 453,068,700 453,068,700
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 428,119,300 453,068,700 453,068,700
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 683,854,500 723,296,900 743,173,000
Other Non-Appropriated Funds 702,533,700 771,066,800 837,962,800
Federal Funds 266,869,100 279,165,300 288,448,000
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 1,653,257,300 1,773,529,000 1,869,583,800
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 555,582,500 576,558,500 578,558,500
AGENCY TOTAL 683,854,500 723,296,900 743,173,000

FY 2015 Appropriations Report – ASU – East Campus

FY 2015 Appropriations – ASU – East Campus ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 20,656,200 22,704,200 25,853,400
Other Appropriated Funds
Technology and Research Initiative Fund 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
University Collections Fund 31,547,500 33,691,700 33,691,700
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 33,547,500 35,691,700 35,691,700
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 54,203,700 58,395,900 61,545,100
Other Non-Appropriated Funds 10,862,900 18,273,600 18,634,300
Federal Funds 4,964,500 5,667,900 5,850,000
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 70,031,100 82,337,400 86,029,400
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 49,537,800 51,981,100 51,981,100
AGENCY TOTAL 54,203,700 58,395,900 61,545,100

FY 2015 Appropriations Report – ASU – West Campus

FY 2015 Appropriations ASU – West Campus ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 33,133,900 33,328,100 33,328,100
Other Appropriated Funds
Technology and Research Initiative Fund 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000
University Collections Fund 37,054,200 39,380,300 39,380,300
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 38,654,200 40,980,300 40,980,300
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 71,788,100 74,308,400 74,308,400
Other Non – Appropriated Funds 10,613,600 21,168,900 21,683,800
Federal Funds 11,409,500 12,587,500 13,003,900
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 93,811,200 108,064,800 108,996,100
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 70,188,100 72,708,400 72,708,400
AGENCY TOTAL 71,788,100 74,308,400 74,308,400

FY 2015 Appropriations Report – U of A – Main Campus

FY 2015 Appropriations U of A – Main Campus ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 207,555,900 208,501,000 209,341,200
Other Appropriated Funds
University Collections Fund 267,677,300 271,507,700 271,507,700
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 267,677,300 271,507,700 271,507,700
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 475,233,200 480,008,700 480,848,900
Other Non-Appropriated Funds 854,266,300 879,757,800 881,711,000
Federal Funds 278,807,800 290,399,200 292,794,400
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 1,608,307,300 1,650,165,700 1,655,354,300
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 406,008,300 408,597,000 410,597,000
AGENCY TOTAL 475,233,200 480,008,700 480,848,900

FY 2015 Appropriations – U of A – Health Sciences Center

FY 2015 Appropriations U of A – Health Sciences Center ACTUAL FY 2014 ESTIMATE FY 2015 APPROVED FY 2015
FUND SOURCES
General Fund 61,351,600 69,585,300 69,585,300
Other Appropriated Funds
University Collections Fund 40,808,800 41,117,000 41,117,000
SUBTOTAL – Other Appropriated Funds 40,808,800 41,117,000 41,117,000
SUBTOTAL – Appropriated Funds 102,160,400 110,702,300 110,702,300
Other Non-Appropriated Funds 176,849,300 203,419,700 215,490,800
Federal Funds 100,898,400 115,341,100 123,682,600
TOTAL – ALL SOURCES 379,908,100 429,463,100 449,875,700
OPERATING SUBTOTAL 71,383,300 70,153,600 70,153,600
AGENCY TOTAL 102,160,400 110,702,300 110,702,300
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