Tuition/Housing Costs To Increase this Fall
April 19, 2004 -- Jacksonville State University students will incur a $62.50
per month tuition increase beginning with the fall semester. Housing will
an average of 27 percent. (There was no "flat rate" increase in
housing - some facilities will have higher increases than others.
See tuition, fee and room information presented to the board by Clint Carlson,
vice president for administrative and business affairs.)
Speaking to reporters before Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, President
Bill Meehan said lean state appropriations necessitated the $250 per
semester increase. He said a $275 hike had been proposed by the University's budget committee but that "we expect a small increase in state funding of
three to four percent, at best, allowing us to reduce the committee's
Faculty retention is among the reasons for the increase. Citing "a strain"
in state funding, Dr. Meehan said the recent loss of five doctorate-level
faculty members, including the dean of the College of Nursing, to more
lucrative jobs elsewhere shows that JSU is having trouble remaining
competitive in faculty salaries.
Dr. Meehan said trustees were taking up the tuition and housing issue as
early as possible "to give parents plenty of time to adjust. It would not
be fair to announce an increase at the August meeting for the school year
beginning in September."
Lacking a quorum, trustees present for Monday's meeting acted as a committee
of the whole, and the full board will vote on the measures by mailed ballot.
Even with the increase, JSU's tuition and fees, currently the least
expensive of Alabama's public four-year colleges and universities, will
remain at or below the median in the state, Dr. Meehan said.
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