Board OKs tuition hike effective with summer semester

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The cost to attend UNM-LA will go up by 9 percent

By Kirsten Laskey

Those bumper stickers with the phrase, “my kid and my money go to (a) university” will pack even more of a punch in upcoming semesters as institutions of higher education grapple with budget shortfalls. 

At UNM-LA, the advisory board approved a 9 percent increase in tuition during its meeting Monday. This would make the fee $53.50 per credit hour, which will go into effect with the 2010 summer semester. 

Executive Director Cedric Page said despite the increase, students are still getting a quality education at a good price. Compared to other college branches, he said, “We’re still a pretty good deal as far as per credit charge.”

Raising tuition is not unique to UNM-LA, in fact students across New Mexico and across the nation are having to pay more for higher education.

Campus Resources Director Lisa Clough said after the meeting that the tuition increase is defined as a state appropriated deduction (SAD) pass through.

The state, she said, has reduced resources for the college and basically has imposed an increase in the “cost of attendance” and that cost is being forced on students in the form of a tuition increase.

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