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MU Board of Governors Approves Tuition Hike

By: Josh McComas Email
By: Josh McComas Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- Students at Marshall University are going to start paying more for their education.

The Marshall University Board of Governors approved an increase in tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year.

According to Marshall University, in-state undergraduate students will see an increase of $140 per semester, out-of-state students will see an increase of $255 per semester and metro students will pay an additional $305 per semester.

Tuition for the med school, room and board, international student fees and much more were increased as well. To see a complete breakdown of the fee structure and Marshall University's budget, click the link above.

In 2008, the board raised tuition by $219 per semester for metro and non-resident students and $119 per semester for all full-time undergraduate in-state students. Rates also raised that year for room and board, costing students an additional $196 per semester. Tuition and fees for students in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine were also increased $239 for in-state students and $624 for out-of-state students. An additional $150 per-semester fee was also introduced in 2008 which began being assessed with the Spring 2009 semester, which was when the new Student Recreation Center opened.

In 2012 students saw another increase in tuition. The MU Board of Governors approved an increase on Undergraduate tuition and fees by $141 per semester for in-state students, $225 for out-of-state students and $285 for students from 15 neighboring counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. A $145 increase in room and board rates also was approved in 2012. Those attending Marshall's medical school saw their tuition and fees increase $302 per semester for in-state students and $702 for out-of-state students.

The increases were expected as the university deals with a more than a $5.1 million decrease in state appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year.

The tuition hike also comes in the wake of a "no confidence" vote by the majority of the Faculty Senate at Marshall University. The vote was spurred by controversy that was brewing at the University for several weeks in April. As a part of a budget overhaul, President Dr. Stephen Kopp ordered all money in department accounts be swept into a centralized account. That move did not sit well with faculty because they were not alerted ahead of time. To read the full story, click here.

The university can increase tuition up to 5 percent for resident students without seeking approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.


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