WMU News

WMU remains seventh in tuition and fees

July 24, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees July 24 approved a 1998-99 tuition schedule that maintains the affordability of the state's fourth-largest and most complex university, despite an increase in tuition.

Even with this year's increase, WMU continues to rank seventh in tuition and fees among the state's 15 public universities for 1998-99 at $3,929 for a full-time in-state freshman or sophomore. Last year's cost was $3,655. Students who take fewer than 31 credit hours during the year will pay less.

WMU also ranks seventh in state appropriations per student at $5,474 and in total revenue per student at $9,403 when tuition and fees are combined with state appropriations per student, WMU officials noted.

"These numbers make it clear that WMU remains a relatively low cost institution that also delivers a very high level of quality," said President Diether H. Haenicke. "WMU ranks fourth in the state in most measures of complexity and quality. This results in great value for our students and their families."

This year's increase is $274 over last year's total. The increase for full-time in-state juniors and seniors is $302. For in-state graduate students, the increase is $300.

To help offset the tuition increase, funds for student financial aid are being increased by $754,000. About 70 percent of WMU students receive some form of financial aid. "This is something we try to do each year to help ease the impact of any increase on our students and their families," Haenicke said.

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

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