WMU News

Tuition to increase within state guidelines

May 17, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Acting at its May 17 meeting, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved an increase of $425 in tuition and required fees for the 2002-03 academic year.

"With no increase in state funding support, resulting from the recent economic slowdown, we had no alternative but to increase tuition rates to offset rising costs. This increase meets the guidelines established by the governor and Legislature," WMU President Elson S. Floyd told the board. "Even with this increase, our tuition and fees will continue to rank in the lower half of the cost to attend one of the state's 15 public universities."

Floyd went on to say the institution plans to set aside additional funds for student financial aid in the 2002-03 budget to lessen the burden placed on students and their families by the cost increase.

The new tuition and fee schedule means that for the 2002-03 academic year, a full-time, in-state freshman will pay approximately $4,924 in tuition and fees for the state average course load of 30 credit hours. For the 2001-02 academic year, that figure was $4,499.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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