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Pharmacy school to see tuition increase

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A tuition increase students at Marshall University's School of Pharmacy will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year after the measure was approved by the university's board of governors Wednesday.

The increase was requested by School of Pharmacy's founding Dean Dr. Kevin Yingling, who said the school is midway through its development process after its first class of students began classes there in the fall of 2012.

Tuition will increase by $723 per semester for in-state students and $1,263 for out-of-state students.

The current tuition rate for in-state students is $7,225 per semester, and the increase will take that amount to $7,948. Including annual fees, they will pay a total of $8,691 per semester.

Out-of-state students currently pay $12,625 per semester in tuition, and the increase will take their cost to $13,888, including fees, it will be $15,226 per semester.

Yingling said it has become increasingly clear that the school needed to make certain adjustments as its student population expands.

He cited a 10 to 15 percent increase in staffing to build out the school as an additional cost, and he said the experiential learning model at the school is higher than school officials budgeted.

The third reason for the increase, Yingling said, was because school officials have decided to emphasize scholarships for pharmacy students based on need, academics and diversity standards.

He told the board that while the school is in need of additional funding, officials still are taking as many precautions as they are able.

"The school is being very diligent about making sure that we're responsible to the university," Yingling said. He said school officials have included in their budget to pay back into the university's Development Fund, the money the university used to start the pharmacy school and the physical therapy program.

He also said school officials are working to develop a contingency fund as to not rely as heavily on the university for unexpected costs.

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