Tuition increases approved at Marshall University

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tuition is going up for Marshall University students, according to a news release from the university.

It comes after the MU Board of Governors on Wednesday approved the university’s tuition and fee schedule for the 2018-19 academic year.

According to the university, full-time, resident undergraduate students will pay $165 more per semester, undergraduate students who live in the metro counties in Kentucky and Ohio will pay $285 more, and non-resident undergraduate students will pay $379 more per semester.

Those increases will be effective with the fall 2018 semester.

The university reports that tuition for most resident graduate students will go up $172 per semester, with metro graduate students paying $304 more and non-resident graduate students paying $414 more per semester.

In addition to the 4.25 percent tuition increase, residence hall rates will increase from $40 per semester for a double room in Twin Towers to $94 per semester for a double room with bath in the first-year residence halls. Meal plans will increase between $52 and $68 per semester, depending on the plan selected.

The university says the new tuition and fee rates will be posted at in the next few days.

University officials say revenue from the increase will help fund financial aid available to students, including both need- and merit-based scholarships. In addition, $50,000 will be allocated to the Student Activities Board for programming.

According to the release, Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert said the tuition increase and funds from a $2.50 per semester parking fee increase will help build up the Marshall University Police Department (MUPD) as the university expands along Hal Greer Boulevard, due primarily to the expected School of Pharmacy facilities.

Gilbert told the Board of Governors that 10 extra MUPD officers will be hired this year to cover the university’s Huntington locations, bringing the total number of officers on the force to 33.

He added the funding also will allow the hiring of three additional dispatchers and the purchase of equipment, including radios and a vehicle. He also said the university is doing an audit of lighting on campus and will be adding lights where needed.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a 2 percent raise for most of the university’s faculty and staff. The raises will go into effect in early March.

The university’s 2 percent raise includes the 1 percent increase being considered for all state employees. If the Legislature and governor provide for additional raises beyond the anticipated 1 percent, the Board of Governors will take up the issue at its June meeting.

In other business during the meeting, board members approved adding a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering degree program and an intent to plan for a bachelor of science in computer and information security.

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