Board to raise tuition rates at UNM-LA

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By Jennifer Garcia

The price of gas is on the rise, grocery prices are also going up and soon, the price of tuition at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos also will be increased, thanks to House Bill 2, currently making its way through the Senate.

During Monday night’s UNM-LA Advisory Board meeting, members passed a motion that would increase tuition, not to exceed 12.1 percent. The motion passed 3-1, with Stephen Boerigter voting against it.
UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page said he’s not sure exactly how much the increase will amount to because HB 2, which mandates the increase, still is working its way through the Senate. It passed in the House by a 35-34 vote last week.

“The Board approved a motion to increase the tuition for next year, not to exceed 12.1 percent in response to the tuition credit that currently exists in House Bill 2, that would require two year schools to increase tuition by nine percent,” Page said.

He also said the revenue from the tuition increase would go back to the state and the schools would not benefit from those dollars.

“It’s being discussed in the Senate as we speak,” he said. “They might change it, they may leave it alone. It may go forward to the governor …”

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