Nevada Regents Impose Student Fee Increases

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Board of Regents has decided to increase or create more than 120 student and special course fees.

Regents took the action on a 7-6 vote Friday, a day after they shelved a proposed tuition increase.

Among other things, the fees pay for additional services, individual instruction, class supplies or the use of off-campus facilities.

Fee increases range from $5 to $600 for existing courses. New course fees range as high as $1,300 for Great Basin College student teachers to do an internship outside the Elko area.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, the board's action includes fee increases from $50 to $150 for a molecular biology lab and from $50 to $250 for a secondary school counseling internship outside Washoe County.

It also includes a new $150 fee for UNR students taking engineering design and analysis.

In Las Vegas, medical and nursing students will pay a new third- and fourth-year fee of $577 to cover the cost of staff positions needed to maintain simulation equipment in a new Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratory.

The board also voted to increase the fee in 2010 for University of Nevada, Las Vegas dental students by $2,138 to a total of $4,600 per student per semester.

Hundreds of students turned out at the regents' meeting Thursday to protest a tuition increase, but the board postponed action on the matter.

On Friday, regents decided to consider any tuition increase and budget cuts at a special meeting Dec. 12.

Regent Steve Sisolak of Las Vegas said Friday's action was an attempt to skirt the Legislature and raise millions without increasing tuition.

The Legislature receives about 60 percent of the tuition paid to all state campuses and allocates most of that money back to the campuses to be spent as it determines.

Campus presidents want the Legislature to allow each institution to keep the tuition it receives and spend it as the campus determines.

"I cannot support multimillion-dollar fee charges on our students," Sisolak told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "This is just a way to circumvent the tuition increase and the Legislature, so it can go directly to the campuses."

Several regents sought to delay action on the fee increases until January to give them time to look at the list of 124 items.

"I think each and every one of these needs to be scrutinized separately," said Regent Cedric Crear of Las Vegas.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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