WMU News

Trustees approve 3 percent increase in tuition and fees

June 25, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a 3 percent increase in tuition and required fees over last fall's rates. The board passed the measure, effective for fall 1999, at its June 25 meeting.

"With the kind of help we received from the state Legislature and Gov. Engler this year, we've been able to keep our tuition increase low while maintaining the level of quality our students have come to expect from one of the nation's leading student-centered research universities," WMU President Elson S. Floyd told the board.

The Legislature has approved a 5 percent increase in state appropriations for the University for the coming fiscal year and has recognized WMU as one of the state's five research universities. The University also is slated to receive a 2 percent increase in one-time funds for infrastructure improvements.

The trustees' approval of the rate increase means that for the 1999-2000 academic year, an in-state freshman will pay $118 more for a total of $4,055 for 31 credit hours. That's an increase of 3 percent over last year's total of $3,937. The total includes required fees, which are unchanged.

Here are this year's tuition rates per credit hour with last year's rates in parenthesis: in-state freshmen and sophomores, $111.40 ($107.59); in-state juniors and seniors, $124.91 ($120.71); in-state graduate students, $159.62 ($154.24); out-of-state freshmen and sophomores, $279.60 ($270.89); out-of-state juniors and seniors, $314.03 ($304.32); and out-of-state graduate students, $384.22 ($372.30).

"We are determined to maintain our combination of high quality and relatively low cost that makes us one of America's best college buys and is such an attraction to so many prospective students and their families," Floyd said. He noted that WMU expects its largest class ever for beginning freshmen this fall.

Media contact: Mike Matthews, 616 387-8400, michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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