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UT Arlington Tuition Review Committee endorses no-increase plan

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

UT Arlington’s student-led Tuition Review Committee has unanimously endorsed the University’s proposal to hold the line on tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year while preserving the option of a minimal increase the following year.

The proposal will be forwarded to The University of Texas Board of Regents in December for consideration. Under the plan, UT Arlington also will avoid rate increases for University-owned residence halls, apartments and dining plans. Parking rates also will remain unchanged for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The proposal would, however, allow UT Arlington to consider a tuition increase for the 2013-2014 academic year, if necessary. Any potential increase would be capped at 2.6 percent for undergraduate students and 3.6 percent for graduate students, amounts consistent with guidelines established by the Board of Regents for the biennial tuition cycle.

Jennifer Fox, president of the UT Arlington Student Congress, serves as chairwoman of the Tuition Review Committee. She said the tuition proposal “shows that UT Arlington cares about its students and their families.”

“Many universities are discussing raising tuition,” Fox said. “UT Arlington is really leading the way in helping keep college affordable.”

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, University provost and vice president for academic affairs, expressed appreciation for the committee’s work. He noted that members sought assurance that the University will be able to maintain its momentum toward academic and research excellence without a tuition increase next year.

“We are on track and resolved to maintain our momentum,” Elsenbaumer said. “It is significant that our students have examined the tuition proposal, debated it and voiced their support for the plan. It is a strong endorsement of the University's commitment to include students in the tuition review process.”

UT Arlington has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years with enrollment up 34 percent since 2007. Fall 2011 enrollment is 33,439 students, making the University the second-largest member of the UT System.

That growth coupled with strategic initiatives to focus resources on the University’s core academic and research missions have positioned UT Arlington to avoid increases in tuition and fees next year.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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