Regents Study Refuding Tuition Overcharges

University of Nevada, Reno
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The Nevada Board of Regents will look this month at whether current and former college students should be reimbursed for tuition they paid as out-of-state residents when they were eligible for in-state tuition.

"We will need to decide, and the regents will later this month, whether we need to set up a process for reimbursement," university Chancellor Jane Nichols told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Friday report.

Nichols said she asked the seven University and Community College System of Nevada campuses to report how many students may have been affected since the policy went into effect in 1995.

State law entitles students to in-state tuition if they've lived in Nevada for six months, but a policy approved by regents in 1995 requires students to live in the state for 12 months to get in-state tuition.

The difference can amount to about $2,300 per semester at the community college and $4,300 per semester at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, officials said.

Nichols said administrators never realized there was a difference between university policy and state law.

A Las Vegas woman raised the issue last week after she was billed for out-of-state tuition at the Community College of Southern Nevada after living in Nevada about eight months.

Sara Renteria, 24, said she was considering filing a lawsuit, and Las Vegas businessman Steven Cloobeck, owner of the Polo Towers condominiums, said he wants to finance her challenge of the university policy.

Cloobeck said his stepson also moved to Las Vegas from Montreal in June, and was charged out-of-state tuition this month. He told the Las Vegas Sun he met Thursday afternoon with Nichols.

"She knows she has a huge mess on her hands," Cloobeck said.