updated: 5/31/2011 1:11:23 PM

IU Approves Tuition Increases

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Indiana University has approved tuition and fee rates for the next two academic years. They include a 3.5 percent increase for each year. IU's five regional campuses will see 2.5 percent tuition bumps for each of the next two years. Ball State University and Indiana State University are holding public hearings on proposed increases today.

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May 31, 2011

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University trustees today (May 31) approved tuition and fee rates for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

At IU Bloomington, the new fee schedule calls for in-state undergraduate tuition and fees to increase by 3.5 percent in each of the next two years. For in-state undergraduate students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and IU's five regional campuses in Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend, tuition will go up 2.5 percent in each of the next two years.

The rates, which are consistent with the non-binding tuition targets set by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, were approved during a special board meeting held on the IUPUI campus.

In addition to the tuition increases, IU trustees also approved a temporary fee, recommended by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, to help cover the cost of necessary repair work and ongoing maintenance costs for IU's 900 buildings and associated infrastructure.

McRobbie told trustees the recommendations reflect a balance between the needs of students and families, on the one hand, and the need to maintain IU's quality academic standards and preserve its buildings and infrastructure for future generations.

"Across our seven campuses, we now have a backlog of needed repair and maintenance projects totaling more than $600 million," McRobbie said. "This is work that must be done for the safety of today's students and to ensure that future IU students will have the same outstanding facilities that the state has entrusted to us."

At IU Bloomington, full-time students will be charged a temporary repair and maintenance fee of $180 in the 2011-12 academic year and $360 the following year. At IUPUI, the temporary fee will be $160 per full-time student the first year and $320 the second year, while full-time students at the regional campuses will pay $60 the first year and $120 the second year.

The combined increase of tuition plus the repair and maintenance fee at IU Bloomington will be 5.5 percent in 2011-12 and 5.4 percent in 2012-13. At IUPUI, it will be 4.5 percent in 2011-12 and 4.4 percent in 2012-13, and at the regional campuses, 3.5 percent in 2011-12 and 3.4 percent in 2012-13.

Nonresident students at IU Bloomington will see tuition increase by 6 percent in each of the next two years. The combined increase, including the repair and maintenance fee, will bring the increase to a total of 6.7 percent in 2011-12 and 6.6 percent in 2012-13.

All revenue from the new fee will be sequestered and used only for needed repair and maintenance projects. In addition, IU will cut spending and reduce reserves by a total of $21 million during the biennium to begin to address its facility repair backlog.

Earlier, in a required public hearing on the tuition plan, IU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald told trustees that, while tuition and fees are increasing, gift aid from IU to its undergraduate resident students has risen dramatically.

According to university estimates, IU will provide more than $88 million in institutional gift aid, including scholarships and grants, to in-state undergraduates in FY 2012, which represents an increase of nearly $19 million -- or more than 21 percent -- from the current fiscal year. Institutional gift aid at IU Bloomington is expected to rise nearly 30 percent in that same time to more than $68 million. IUPUI is expected to see a more than 18 percent increase to nearly $16 million, and IU's regional campuses an increase more than 11 percent to nearly $4 million.

Total gift aid for IU undergraduate residents, which includes federal, state and IU Foundation grants, is estimated to surpass $308 million in FY 2012, which would be a 13.5 percent increase from the current fiscal year. Included in that amount is more than $144 million at IU Bloomington (19.2 percent increase), nearly $94 million at IUPUI (16.7 percent increase) and more than $69 million at the regional campuses (21.6 percent increase).

Additionally, Theobald said, the IU Bloomington campus has benefited from the generosity of more than 188,000 donors who contributed to the "Matching the Promise" capital campaign, which concluded on June 30, 2010, after raising more than $1.1 billion over the course of seven years. The campaign has played a major role in helping IU Bloomington students finance their college education, raising more than $338 million for undergraduate and graduate student support. At least partially as a result, out-of-pocket expenses for in-state students working on IU Bloomington bachelor's degrees will fall for the sixth consecutive year.

Matching the Promise and other recent efforts to maximize financial aid for students resulted in IU Bloomington having the lowest average net price in 2008-09 for in-state undergraduate students in the Big Ten, according to the U.S. Department of Education's new "College Navigator" website. Average net price reflects the average amount that in-state undergraduates actually pay -- after financial aid -- for tuition, room, board and living expenses.

Last fall, the university also launched the public phase of Impact IUPUI, IU's most ambitious fundraising campaign ever with a $1.25 billion goal. Like Matching the Promise, the campaign also emphasizes increasing financial support for students.

Source: Indiana University

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