University of Colorado regents approved a tuition increase effective Fall 2013 for CU Boulder, CU Denver and University fo Colorado Colorado Springs. UCCS students will pay 6 percent more in tuition fees next year than in 2012.
Colorado resident UCCS freshman and sophomore students in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will pay $14 more per credit hour. The new price, effective for Fall 2013, is $249 per credit hour. The old price was $14 less or $235 per hour. For a full time student taking 15 hours, the increase is about $210 from last year ($14 x 15). A student taking 15 hours, then, would pay $3,735 per semester in tuition costs.
Brian Burnett is the senior executive vice chancellor of administration & finance for UCCS. He said tuition increases are an unfortunate reality for public higher education in Colorado.
"Higher education isn't getting a share of the state budget that it used," said Burnett.
He said it's a difficult decision for regents to increase tuition. He said though it's not easy, this tuition hike is better than other public universities in other states that could see double-digit increases.
In-state tuition at CU Boulder will go up 8.7 percent next year. CU Denver's location will also increase 6 percent.
Freshmen Ashley Hinkle was upset to hear about tuition increases. She works two jobs to pay for her education. She estimates this year she'll pay $10,000. She is committed to staying debt-free but next year's tuition hike will make that hard.
"I'm going to have to get a third job you know. It's going to suck but I'd rather not have any loans at all but it's going to be a lot more difficult," said Hinkle.
Hinkle said she might need to look for less-expensive education options.
"If it goes up much more I might have to do that because I can't keep paying tuition fees like that. Plus there are other fees on top of it, like books and housing and everything, so it's kind of difficult," said Hinkle.
Burnett said the increasing student population coupled with low funding from the state lead to tuition increases.
"As we get to 10,000 we need more financial aid counselors and more counselors to help them with their classes and that type of thing up with all these students so part of it is growth," said Burnett. "The state can't really help growing campuses with added expenses."
Burnett said some faculty haven't gotten raises in four years because of hard financial times so some money will be used for pay raises.