MAILED: July 22, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Resident undergraduates will pay $189.15 more this fall for required fees, room and board at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, according to the Board of Regents' proposal to fix tuition increases at 8 percent for the 1997-98 academic year.
The Regents' proposal will bring the total first semester cost for required fees plus room and board for a full-time resident undergraduate at UW-Eau Claire to $2,928.10, a 6.9 percent increase over last year's semester total of $2,738.95.
Students will see the majority of the increase reflected in the required fees, which will be $1,435.10 for a resident undergraduate, compared to $1,286.95 for 1996-97. This figure includes the proposed 8 percent tuition increase, a $50 per semester differential tuition charge unique to UW-Eau Claire, and segregated fees, which support a broad range of student activities and services. UW-Eau Claire's Student Senate strongly supported differential tuition, which is earmarked for enhancing students' academic opportunities, such as internships, faculty/student collaborative research and other programs related to UW-Eau Claire's new baccalaureate degree.
Room and board rates will increase a modest $41 per semester to $860 per semester for rental of a residence hall room and a minimum of $633 per semester for food service..
The non-resident undergraduate fee for first semester will be $4,406.10, not including room and board. Resident graduate students will pay first semester fees of $1,737.60, and non-resident graduate students will pay $5,352.10, not including room and board.
The Regents must set tuition, room and board rates and segregated fees for the UW System at their July 25 meeting, despite the State Legislature's delay in passing a budget bill. Without the benefit of final state budget or pay plan information, the Regents are proposing an artificial tuition rate.
Charles Bauer, vice chancellor for business and student services, said the academic fee will be adjusted second semester to reflect the final biennial budget.
"The delay has caused some concern among students and parents, who want to know for sure what they must pay for the coming year," Bauer said. "But I think most people recognize that tuition at UW-Eau Claire is a bargain and that the Wisconsin system will remain one of the best higher education buys in the nation."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 22, 1997