Utah State University students are likely to be hit with an increase of tuition and student fees totaling around $400 annually, beginning in the fall.The proposed increase is due to a 4 percent climb in Tier II tuition as well as a 2.68 percent jump in student body fees. The changes, which were decided by the Tier II Tuition Board and the University Student Fee Board, will be accompanied by a 5 percent increase in Tier I tuition, which is decided by the Utah Board of Regents if the decision is passed.James Morales, Student Services vice president and the only non-student member of the Student Fee Board, said the increase is very reasonable compared to other universities.”It’s about $390 a year, which is significant, but it’s not thousands of dollars,” Morales said. “I’ve heard of increases as large as 28 percent. A 9 percent increase on an already very low tuition is not bad.”Morales said Tier II tuition is decided by the university, and combined with Tier I tuition, which is decided by the state and applied to all state funded universities, makes up the total amount of tuition paid by students. The primary purpose of Tier II tuition, he said, is to support student initiatives, compensate the institution and defray all the costs associated with higher education. The Tier II tuition board, which consists mainly of ASUSU student officers, works in conjunction with the university president and Board of Trustees to go over the school’s budget and propose changes in tuition each January.
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