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UT-System Board approves UTEP tuition increase

Henry Arrambide

Published: Friday, May 4, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05

Padilla Natalicio Edens

Justin Stene / The Prospector

(From left) SGA President Pablo Padilla, UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Interim VP for Student Affairs Gary Edens answer questions at a press conference announcing a tuition increase in the fall.

Students will find themselves with a more expensive bill in the upcoming fall semester.

The UT-System Board of Regents approved a proposal on May 3 that will increase undergraduate student tuition at the University of Texas at El Paso by 2.2 percent. Graduate and out-of-state students will face a 3.6 percent increase as originally planned. The tuition increase will be in place over the next two years.

“We are pleased that the regents have authorized this because it affords us an opportunity to ensure the quality of the educational experience that we offer our students,” said President Diana Natalicio at a press conference held to make the announcement about the increase.

According to Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, a 2.2 percent increase means a resident undergraduate student taking 15 hours can expect to pay about $76 more each semester. The increase is expected to generate an additional $10 million over next two years.

The money will be used to hire more faculty, to invest in programs that have already been successful on campus and to create an incentive award program, according to Edens.

The incentive award program will give students who take 36 hours per year a $250 rebate credit toward their tuition.

“If (students) are paying tuition, they are not out in the workforce,” said Edens. “So we want them to have the best quality education here, but we want them to get that degree quickly as possible.”

 

Jasmine Aguilera and Henry Arrambide may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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