2017-18 Tuition Proposals

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TO: Arizona Board of Regents
FROM: UA President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: March 6, 2017
SUBJECT: 2017-18 Tuition and Mandatory Fee Proposals

 

Enclosed is the University of Arizona's tuition and mandatory fees proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year. In developing this proposal we used the strategic business portion of the UA's Never Settle Plan as our guide. The University remains focused on maintaining predictability for its students and their families. Key tenets of the plan are:

  • No increase in tuition and fees for the vast majority of UA students, including the 92% of continuing undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the tuition guarantee program.
  • Continue using a collaborative approach in the UA internal process for tuition setting that actively involves student leadership.
  • Use of the Never Settle plan to guide institutional priorities and investment.

 The Tuition-Setting Process

Student leaders from the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA), the Associated Students of the University of Arizona South (ASUAS) and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) were actively involved in helping craft this tuition and mandatory fees recommendation.

Formal consultation with student leaders began on January 24 at the UA Senior Leadership Team meeting when we met with the students to provide state and university context for tuition-setting and to discuss the priorities of the University and the process for setting tuition. The next day, the student leaders spent two hours at the UA Finance Administrative Advisory Committee meeting where they were presented with specific details related to the UA budget, including trends of cuts, tuition and fees, state support, enrollment, peer institutional data, and institutional investment needs.

From February 10 through March 1, four meetings were held with student leaders and Senior Vice Presidents Andrew Comrie, Gregg Goldman, and Melissa Vito to review various budget scenarios. Additional meetings were held during this time with members of GPSC and ASUA to more specifically follow up on questions.  During these meetings, student leaders reviewed in detail last year's revenue and expenditures, proposed revenue and expenditures for next year, peer institutions' tuition and fees, and projected enrollment mix. They also examined a number of modeled tuition and fees scenarios.

Student priorities included expanding predictability for students by including graduate students in a guarantee for mandatory fees and, when setting the guaranteed tuition and fees for incoming students, keeping the tuition increase as low as possible to counter the impact of increases to mandatory fees. Student leaders support using the Never Settle plan to guide investments.

The UA proposal addresses each of these priorities. Below are the key elements of the plan: 

  • Tuition will increase 1% for residents and non-residents, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Existing mandatory fees will increase as follows:
    • The Health & Recreation fee will be increased by $125, to a new annual amount of $425.  The additional revenue will support the health and recreation portions of the Bear Down Student Success District and the Honors Village, as well as ongoing operations and programmatic services.  This fee has not been increased since its implementation in Fall 2010.
    • The Information Technology/Library fee will be increased by $55, to a new annual amount of $535.  The additional revenue will support the library portion of the Bear Down Student Success District, additional technology tools and software for student use, upgrades to the wireless network, and ongoing operations and programmatic services.  This fee was last increased in Fall 2013.
    • The Student Services fee will be increased by $70, to a new annual amount of $150.  The additional revenue will support the Bear Down Student Success District, as well as ongoing programmatic services and strategic initiatives.  This fee has not been increased since its implementation in Fall 2008.
    • A new mandatory fee of $100 for undergraduates will be established to support facilities and ongoing operations and programmatic services for Athletics.  Graduate students will be charged a $50 fee, but will be able to opt-out.
    • Mandatory fees will continue to be part of the guarantee for undergraduates. In addition, graduate students will be provided a mandatory fee guarantee of four years.  This guarantee will be applied retroactively to all currently enrolled graduate students, regardless of length of time at the UA, locking them in to the 2016-2017 mandatory fee rates.
    • For entering freshmen, the cost of the four-year guarantee including mandatory fees and tuition together will be higher than last year by 3.90% ($458) for residents and 2.00% ($690) for non-residents. By definition, this cost will not increase over the four years of the guarantee.
    • For current undergraduate students who chose not to opt into the guarantee program (around 8% of undergraduate students), the change in mandatory fees and tuition together will be a 4.00% ($452) increase for residents and a 2.10% ($658) increase for non-residents.
    • For graduate students the change in mandatory fees and tuition together will be a 3.30% ($414) increase for residents and a 1.90% ($612) increase for non-residents.

The 4.00% resident and 2.10% non-resident increase in tuition and fees for students who chose not to opt-in to the guaranteed tuition program will amount to a total of $1 million in revenue change. For the 92% of continuing undergraduate students who are enrolled in the tuition guarantee plan, there is no change in tuition and the University will gain no new revenue per student FTE.

Any other increase in tuition revenue will not come from an increase in tuition rate but from enrollment growth or a change in the mix of resident and non-resident students. 

We are proud that this plan promises zero tuition and fees increases to current students enrolled in the tuition guarantee for the duration of their four years and that it also extends that zero percent increase guarantee in both tuition and fees to all incoming resident and non-resident undergraduate students at the new rate.

President's Recommended 2017-2018 Base Tuition and Mandatory Fees (Attachments)

UANews: No Increase in Tuition, Fees for Majority of UA Students