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 Tuesday, July 12, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Tuition Increase Seen As Painful but Necessary
By Linda Besen, Publications and Creative Services

The campus community followed with interest the furor that preceded the June 30 approval of a 15-28 percent tuition increase for in-state students. Now the news is sinking in.

"Any raise in tuition is going to have a major impact on many students," said UCSU Tri-Executive Jeremy Jimenez. "We shouldn't have to expect tuition increases of this magnitude."

"However," he added, "it is clear that the regents had no choice because the state continually fails to support us. We understand that to keep our programs, class size, classes, professors, staff and in some cases departments, a large raise was necessary."

Staff Council Chairperson Antonette Martinez agreed. "Because of funding cuts and TABOR amendment restrictions, the tuition increase is necessary. If we want to grow to be better than we already are and to compete with other top-notch universities in academics, research facilities and retaining staff and faculty, we need the funding."

Martinez is concerned that the tuition increase affects some employees doubly. "We have a lot of staff who have sons and/or daughters attending CU, and with the increase in health insurance they are hit twice."

The Bursar's Office will send out tuition bills the first week of August. "We're the front line," said Jean Thomson, director of the Bursar's Office. Not only will the bills show the 28 percent tuition increase, and the 8-13 percent tuition adjustment for Arts and Sciences majors, but this is the first set of bills to contain College Opportunity Fund information.

The Bursar's Office has updated tuition information on their web site at bursar.colorado.edu. They stand ready to help students and parents understand the complicated bills.

"As far as the impact on students, of course their cost is going up," said Thomson. "But I think the whole campus community understands that there is no choice, given dwindling state support."


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