CU regents vote to increase tuition |

CU regents vote to increase tuition

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

AURORA, Colo. ” University of Colorado regents voted 8-1 Tuesday to raise tuition at the school’s Boulder campus by 3.9 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for nonresidents.

Republican Regent Tom Lucero of Loveland cast the lone dissenting vote, saying it’s the wrong time to increase tuition with unemployment on the rise.

Other regents thanked CU President Bruce Benson and finance officials for keeping the tuition increase modest. Gov. Bill Ritter gave the university authority to raise tuition by up to 9 percent.

Regents also approved a room-and-board increase of 5.3 percent, meaning it will cost $10,378 to live and eat in the dorms next year.

Full-time, in-state students enrolled in CU’s College of Arts and Sciences in Boulder now pay $5,922 a year in tuition. The plan approved Tuesday will raise that rate by $231.

Incoming out-of-state students at the College of Arts and Sciences will pay $26,675 in tuition, or $1,275 more than last year.

Tuition for new, nonresident students in the College of Engineering will increase by 6.5 percent.

CU regents also voted to raise tuition for in-state students by 5 percent at the school’s Colorado Springs campus, and by 1.2 to 1.7 percent at the downtown Denver campus.

Nonresident tuition would increase 2 percent at Colorado Springs and 1.5 percent at Denver.

The regents had considered five options for tuition rates, ranging from no increase to a 7 percent hike.