To: Arizona Board of Regents
From: Robert C. Robbins, President – UArizona
Date: March 11, 2022
Subject: 2022-2023 Tuition and Mandatory Fee Proposals
I am pleased to submit the University of Arizona’s tuition and mandatory fees proposal for the 2022-2023 academic year. As with recent years, more than 99% of continuing undergraduate students will experience no increase in tuition or mandatory fees for 2022-2023, due to their enrollment in the tuition guarantee program.
As I have shared with the Board, the University of Arizona’s strategic plan creates a bold, distinctive, and differentiated vision for our future that we have continued to implement while also helping meet Arizona’s public health needs over the past two years. As we designed it, the plan calls for strategic and nuanced decisions around investments. These investments allow the University to tackle society’s biggest challenges and prepare graduates to pursue their hopes and dreams while carrying forward the spirit of inspirational human endeavor. Tuition and fee increases are one small piece of institutional funding strategies for these investments, along with increased operational efficiencies, general appropriations, investment income, auxiliaries’ income, and available reserves. Combined, they are allowing us to realize our vision under the strategic plan’s five pillars:
- The Wildcat Journey – driving student success for a rapidly changing world
- Grand Challenges – tackling critical problems at the edges of human endeavor
- The Arizona Advantage – driving social, cultural, and economic impact
- Arizona Global – engaging the world
- Institutional Excellence – ensuring UA lives its values and innovative culture to enable a high performing academic and administrative enterprise
In a similar spirit of making strategic, nuanced decisions, the UA proposes the following increases to tuition and mandatory fees for 2022-2023:
- Undergraduate, guaranteed resident tuition will increase 2.0%
- Undergraduate, guaranteed non-resident tuition will increase 5.6%
- Undergraduate, non-guaranteed resident tuition will increase 2.0%
- Undergraduate, non-guaranteed non-resident tuition will increase 5.6%
- Graduate, resident tuition will increase 2.0%
- There will be no change in Graduate, non-resident tuition (0%)
- College of Medicine-Tucson and College of Medicine-Phoenix resident tuition will increase 4.3% and non-resident will increase 1.0% for first through fourth year students.
- College of Veterinary Medicine tuition will increase 3.0% for resident and non-resident first through third year students.
- Mandatory fees will increase by $175 per year for the Health and Recreation Fee and $135 per year for the Student Services Fee. In addition, the Recreation Center Program fee may increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index, and the Arizona Financial Aid Trust fee will increases based on an approved tuition increase.
As a reminder, incoming undergraduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year are guaranteed the new tuition and fees rate for four consecutive years. Incoming graduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year are guaranteed the new mandatory fees rate for four consecutive years. Our student leaders continue to share that the tuition and fees guarantee remains a program valued by students and parents, allowing them to plan for the cost of attendance across the life of a student’s experience at the University of Arizona.
All of the enclosed materials are a result of collaborative dialogue with student leaders from the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). Beginning in May when new student leaders take office, university leadership hosts multiple conversations with them, engaging in a dialogue on the proposal after sharing detailed information about the University’s historical and current financial picture, projected trends in revenues and expenses, peer institutional data, and the need for additional institutional investments. Through collaboration, compromise, and thoughtful discussion, the student group supports the tuition and fees increases as noted above. In particular, through these discussions and our analysis of enrollment trends, we have discerned that the value of the University of Arizona’s educational experience and growing demand in key non-resident undergraduate markets support the proposed increase.
I look forward to the upcoming opportunities to discuss this proposal with the Regents and to their continued support as we advance the mission of the University of Arizona and deliver on the promise to serve the diverse population of our state in ways that meet the unique needs of Arizonans.