Nevada Regents Consider Tuition Increase For University Students

Students in Nevada's higher education system would face a tuition increase and incentives to graduate earlier under proposals being considered by the Nevada Board of Regents.

The Nevada System of Higher Education Tuition and Fees Committee
is recommending a tuition increase of about 5 percent annually for
undergraduate students in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
Graduate students would face a 10 percent tuition increase each of
those years under the proposal.

The committee also is recommending a flat-rate tuition system that would charge all undergraduates who take 12 to 18 credits for only 15 credits. Students who take more than 15 credits would get a bargain, but those who take 12 to 14 credits would end up paying for 15.

The plan is designed to encourage students to take heavier class loads so they can graduate within four years instead of the six it typically takes now.

Currently, students pay $116.75 per credit for a class, or $1,751 for 15 credits. Under the flat-rate plan, a student who now takes only 12 credits would have to pay $350 more, and a student who takes 18 credits would save $350.

University of Nevada, Reno senior Morgan Vancil said the flat-rate proposal would penalize students who have to work and can't handle taking more than 12 credits a semester. She works 32 hours a week on top of her 12 credits at school.

"I know they want to look good, but they're going to lose a lot of students if they do this," the Millennium Scholar told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

UNR President Milton Glick pledged efforts to make loans or more scholarships available to working students. Studies show that students who take more classes get better grades, Glick said, and a student who reduces the time it takes to graduate by one year saves about $28,000.

"Anything we can do to encourage our students to take 15 hours or more will improve the quality of their education and reduce their time to graduation, and I'm very supportive of it," Glick said.

The proposals will be considered at regents' April 3-4 meeting
in Carson City.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,

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