Trustees approve tuition increase

Students returning to campus this fall can expect yet another change – a bigger tuition bill.

In its last meeting before the end of the fiscal year this July, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously for a 5.9 percent increase in tuition for 2006-2007.

Pennsylvania residents who attend the university as full-time undergraduates will pay $9,680 per year, an increase of $540. Full-time out-of-state undergraduates will pay $17,724, an increase of $988.

The tuition hike will not affect student fees, such as technology and recreation or student financial aid.

Student financial aid increases proportionally with a tuition increase.

“We try not to put an extra burden on the students that way,” George Moore, secretary of the Board of Trustees, said.

University administration looks at its total expenses, student enrollment and appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in determining its budget, Moore said.

“If a gap needs to be filled, one way is to increase tuition to make up the difference.”

As a state-related institution, one of four in the state (Penn State, Lincoln University and University of Pittsburgh are the three others), Temple receives funding from the state each year.

This year, the university received $183.9 million toward its $842 million budget, an increase of about 4.5 percent from last year. The funding represents roughly 22 percent of the university’s budget.

The appropriations increased, “but were not enough to make gigantic inroads” for tuition costs, Martin Dorph, chief financial officer and treasurer said.

Two of the other state-related institutions will also see tuition hikes this fall.

Tuition at the University of Pittsburgh will increase 5.9 percent for in-state undergraduates and 3 percent for out-of-state undergraduates.

At Penn State, tuition for in-state undergraduates attending the university’s main campus at University Park will increase 5.6 percent. For out-of-state undergraduates, tuition will increase 4.4 percent.

At Penn State’s other 19 campuses, tuition will increase 2.9 percent for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduates.

Associate vice-president leaves Temple

Patrick Day, who served as associate vice-president of Student Affairs on Main Campus, was named vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

“Patrick Day brings significant leadership and managerial experience and a passion for student affairs practices that develop students as individuals and as participants in the academic, civic and social life of the entire university,” Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of the university, said in a press release.

Day joined Temple in January 2005.
A search for a new associate vice president of Student Affairs is underway.

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