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Tuition increases sought at MU

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Board of Governors will consider across-the-board tuition and fee increases for the 2014-15 academic year during its regular schedule of meetings on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23.

The board also will vote on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 during the meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. April 23 in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on campus.

On the agenda is a series of increases that would go into effect for the fall 2014 semester.

The proposed increase in tuition and fees break down, per semester for undergraduates, to an additional $155 for in-state students, $290 for out-of-state students and $325 for metro students. Percentage-wise, that translates to 4.99 percent more for in-state students, 4.01 percent for out-of-state and 5.99 percent for metro.

Altogether, that would bring the grand total of tuition and fees per semester to $3,262 for in-state students, $7,513 for out-of-state students and $5,753 for metro students.

Tuition at Marshall has increased every year since the 2011-12 academic year.

Students paying metro rates have taken the hardest hit, with an increase of $918 per semester since 2011-12, and out-of-state students are paying $773 more per semester. In-state students are paying $439 more per semester since that academic year.

The proposals are being presented as higher education institutions in the state are incurring the second straight fiscal year with cuts in appropriations from the state, which will be reflected in the budget that will be presented to the board this week.

During Marshall's Faculty Senate meeting on April 17, President Stephen Kopp said Marshall has lost $11 million in state appropriations during the past two years of statewide budget cuts, an amount he equated to a loss of $860 per in-state student at Marshall.

In addition to tuition and fee increases, officials have canceled and frozen some positions at the university, delayed raises and changed revenue-funded positions in central services to the school's operating budget.

The university is expected to take in $151.9 million in operating revenues, which cover things like employee salaries, supplies and utilities. Marshall also is expected to incur $239.6 million in operating expenses.

Marshall is set to receive $50.6 million in state appropriations for non-operating income in fiscal year 2015, which includes funding to provide state employees with a $504 raise, which was approved by the West Virginia Legislature this year.

Including all sources of non-operating revenue, the university will bring in $75.9 million in that budget column.

The university is set to experience an $11.8 million decrease in net assets for fiscal year 2015.

In other business, the board will consider an amendment package to overhaul the university's policies on promotion, tenure and salary for professors at the school.

The package was approved by the Faculty Senate in March.

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