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Tuition increase up for approval Thursday

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By Scott Harvey

College Station – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents is scheduled Thursday to consider approval of a proposed increase in designated tuition for a number of its member institutions.

A&M-Commerce is seeking a range of increase from between $2.50 and $25 per semester per credit hour for the upcoming academic year. Estimates indicate the increase will be somewhere around $15. The current fee is $84.

The fall 2008 average tuition at A&M-Commerce ranked second lowest within the A&M System at $2,585, and the lowest among area competing universities. The average tuition cost for competing institutions is above $3,000.

20% of any tuition increase is required to go toward financial assistance for students.

The latest known plan by the University's would allocate 45% of the proposed increase toward financial aid. The remainder to go toward replacing the current course fee structure; providing additional funds for the increased cost of operations, additional funding for minimum wage increases to state employees, plus support faculty/staff salary merit increases.

A public hearing and consideration regarding the proposed increase is projected to get underway at 2:30 p.m. in College Station. A live webcast of the meeting can be viewed through the A&M System website, http://tamus.edu/regents/agendabooks/index.html