UA Tuition Proposal for 2012-13

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University of Arizona President Eugene G. Sander submitted the following tuition proposal to the Arizona Board of Regents on Feb. 23, 2012.

The University of Arizona is recommending no base tuition increase in 2012-13 for all continuing undergraduate resident students. For new undergraduate resident students entering in Fall 2012, all resident graduate students, and all non-resident students, a modest tuition increase of 3 percent is proposed.

Also, no new mandatory fees are being recommended.

By controlling tuition levels to a percentage increase not seen since the mid-1990s, the University of Arizona is clearly demonstrating its commitment to student access, affordability and cost containment.

Students and their families have experienced significant tuition increases in recent years. The increases were imperative to maintain the academic quality they expect from the University of Arizona. Tuition levels across student categories will need to increase again in FY 2014. However, the University recognizes that currently enrolled Arizona undergraduate students and their families have contributed substantially and need some financial stability.

A detailed summary of the UA's tuition proposal is attached.

The UA's sustained advancement of the System Enterprise Plan is not possible without this proposed tuition increase. These revenues will directly support the recruitment and retention of faculty, who are the heart of our institutional mission. Tuition dollars also expand student access through investments in financial aid, student success through greater course availability for undergraduates and new sources of academic support for students.

The state budget cuts suffered by the UA are unprecedented and well-documented. Adjusted for the Consumer Price Index, per-student funding for the UA is at its lowest level since 1967. I don’t need to spend much time recapping the scope and magnitude of these historic cuts.

Everyone on campus experienced the impact of these cuts in one way or another. Hundreds of positions were eliminated, academic programs were cut, colleges were consolidated and tuition was raised. In addition, the University has imposed multiple budget reductions across the campus, mandated furloughs and instituted an early retirement program for faculty.

In the midst of these extraordinary budget reductions, the University took an approach that would protect academic quality at all costs, and invest significantly in financial aid to ensure that all qualified students have an opportunity to attend the UA. In the 2012 fiscal year, more than $154 million of institutional dollars are being invested in financial aid. Our commitment to affordability has resulted in a percentage of undergraduate students carrying debt after graduation very similar to the percentage in fiscal year 2005.

In addition, the University's commitment to quality is bearing fruit. Even in the midst of a historic reduction in state appropriations, the UA has been achieving distinctions never before seen in our history.

This year, the UA is seeing record enrollment, record numbers of applicants, record research performance, record diversity, record numbers of national scholars and record access to a University degree. In addition, students are averaging more credit hours than at any point since the UA began tracking these data: all critical elements of the System Enterprise Plan.

Our students tell us that a quality education is their top priority.

In our most recent Undergraduate Campus Climate Survey, UA students said overwhelmingly that they are receiving a quality education, satisfied with the quality of faculty instruction and that the UA provides them with a challenging academic experience.

These accomplishments are the result of dramatic changes the UA has made in how we do business, emerging as an institution poised for a new era of excellence. This FY 2013 tuition proposal is another step forward in that process so that we meet the System Enterprise Plan metrics the Regents have set forth for us in the coming year.

The UA is also taking a comparable, measured approach to increases in College of Medicine tuition as well as selected differential tuition, program fees and special class fees.

Moving forward, this institution will continue to innovate in order to boost academic quality, retain affordability, increase retention, ensure students can graduate on time, offer alternative pathways to a UA degree and focus on issues of importance to Arizona citizens.

Your support of this proposal will be greatly appreciated.