Metro State Resident Tuition to increase $351 per semester
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Cathy Lucas, Office 303-556-5131, Cell 303-916-1002
Posted: June 1, 2011
(Denver, Colo.) — As a result of state funding reductions totaling $7.1 million, the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees (BOT) voted at its June 1 meeting to approve a $351.00 tuition increase for Colorado resident undergraduate students taking 15 credit hours. The increase will go into effect in fall 2011.
President Stephen Jordan pointed out that reduced state funding of higher education in recent years is necessitating tuition increases statewide.
"Since the 2008-09 fiscal year our funding from the state has dropped from $49 million to $36 million (27 percent) while our student enrollment has increased more than 10 percent,” Jordan said.
The fiscal year 2011-12 revenue budget includes tuition and fees outlined in the Financial Accountability Plan (FAP), approved by the BOT in November. Resident tuition and fees for students taking 15 credit hours are projected to be $2,416.86 per semester (a combined increase of $370.60).
“We (BOT members) need to be voices on how higher education is funded in this state,” says Trustee Chair Rob Cohen. “We (the College) are not funded at appropriate levels in our state."
Components of the new budget include an increase in operating costs, a conversion of student fees to tuition, and the need for Metro State to contribute to controlled maintenance funding for Auraria campus facilities, something previously covered by the state.
Student fees will see a net increase of $19.60 per semester for students taking 15 credit hours. This includes the conversion to tuition of an information technology fee, registration fee and the elimination of an Internet course fee. Students voted and approved student fee increases for the RTD student pass program and to continue the sustainable campus program, in which the Auraria campus offsets its electrical use with renewable energy credits and recycles and composts.
These increases will cover funding for faculty promotions, equity adjustments, as well as new faculty positions. Other anticipated increases include a projected 50 percent increase in student scholarships, funds to the Auraria Library and other academic support services. The approved allocation also includes salary increases for faculty and administrators, non-monetary incentives for state classified employees, infrastructure support and other institutional initiatives.
Another budgetary need explained by President Stephen Jordan was a proposal put forward by Auraria Higher Education Center "that tries to deal with the very difficult issue of deteriorating facilities. It proposes that the three institutions collectively fund a controlled maintenance plan that would take care of immediate emergency needs on the campus."
Funding for controlled maintenance is an area previously funded by the state. The Auraria Higher Education Center has now requested that Metro State pay $971,000, roughly 50 percent of the campus' controlled maintenance costs. Jordan stressed to the board that this alone is equivalent to another 1.5 percent tuition increase, which is included in the tuition increase.
About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts more than 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.