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ASU tuition proposal includes no increase for resident undergrads


March 14, 2014

Arizona State University has submitted a proposal to the Arizona Board of Regents that includes no tuition increase for resident undergraduate students, and a modest tuition increase of 3 percent for non-resident students during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the recommendation during the April 3 meeting in Tucson.

The proposal reflects ASU’s commitment to providing high-quality education while maintaining accessibility for students. In the last 12 years, ASU has grown from around 50,000 students in 2002 to more than 76,000 students today, while maintaining rigorous traditional admissions requirements of public research universities committed to academic excellence:

• Arizona State University is among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright student scholarship winners, tied at third place in the nation with Princeton University and Rutgers University.

• ASU is ranked 79th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 46th among all universities in the United States and 25th among all public U.S. universities in rankings compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

• Princeton Review ranked ASU one of the country’s top universities for undergraduate education in its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.”

• ASU is among the top 100 schools in Washington Monthly magazine's 2013 national universities ranking, where it placed 7th as a “Best Bang for the Buck” school, and 49th for “Contribution to the Public Good.”

ASU’s tuition and fees have historically cost less than comparable institutions. For the 2013-2014 academic year, costs were $5,313 (18.3 percent) below the average and $5,478 (18.8 percent) less than the median of peer institutions.

The tuition proposal includes a student athletic fee of $75 per semester. The fee was initiated by Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) leadership. USG senates and the GPSA unanimously supported the fee. The fee allows for institutional reinvestment in academic support areas for all students, strengthens both graduate and undergraduate academic experiences and enhances student engagement in athletics. Students will have access to all athletic contests at no cost, and will benefit from an enhanced game experience in Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena and other athletic venues.

While the tuition percentage increase proposal is similar across the board for all students, the specific dollar amounts of the proposed increase depend on students’ current base tuition, which is determined by major, the year they entered ASU and the campus at which they study. There will be no new increase in any undergraduate tuition differential, academic program or class fees.

Tuition hearings are scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m., March 25, at the following locations:

• Tempe campus, Memorial Union Alumni Lounge

• Polytechnic campus, Picacho 150

• West campus, Verde Dining Pavilion Multi Room II

• Downtown Phoenix campus, Student Center at the Post Office San Carlos Conference Room 135

Those who cannot attend can send their comments via email to the Arizona Board of Regents at tuition@azregents.edu; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax, at (602) 229-2555. For additional information, go to http://asu.edu/yourtuition.