WMU News

Trustees approve 3.8 percent increase in tuition and fees

June 23, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a 3.8 percent increase in tuition and required fees over last fall's rates. The action, taken at the board's June 23 meeting, is effective with the start of the fall 2000 semester.

"We're committed to increasing our tuition at the lowest rate possible so that we can continue to be one of America's best college buys and still provide the quality of education our students deserve," WMU President Elson S. Floyd told the board. "We're confident that the Legislature will provide us with sufficient funding to accomplish that goal."

The trustees' approval of the rate increase means that for the 2000-01 academic year, an in-state freshman student will pay $4,094 in tuition and fees for 30 credit hours, the recently revised state standard. This represents a 3.8 percent or $150 increase over last year's total of $3,944 for 30 credit hours.

The following are the new tuition rates per credit hour with 1999-2000 rates in parenthesis: in-state freshmen and sophomores, $116.40 ($111.40); in-state juniors and seniors $130.42 ($124.91); in-state graduate students $166.64 ($159.62); out-of-state freshmen and sophomores, $290.99 ($279.60); out-of-state juniors and seniors $326.73 ($314.03); out-of-state graduate students $399.77 ($384.22).

"We have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years because of our reputation as one of the most affordable of the nation's top 100 public universities. The tuition increase approved today will continue to make access to WMU possible for a wide range of students," remarked Floyd. The University, Floyd noted, closed its freshman admissions in early May, for the second consecutive year.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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