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DU Board approves 3.5 percent tuition increase for 2012-13

The University of Denver Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase of 3.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year.

Effective in the fall term of 2012, tuition for full-time undergraduate students will be $38,232. The mandatory student fee will increase to $351 from $321; the student health fee will increase to $450 from $432; and the technology fee will remain unchanged at $144. Room and board charges for students choosing standard double-occupancy rooms and the premium meal plan will increase by 4.28 percent to $10,583. In sum, the total cost of attendance for undergraduates at the University of Denver will increase by 3.71 percent to $49,760.

For graduate students, effective in the fall term of 2012, tuition will rise to $1,062 per credit hour. For some graduate programs, students enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours per quarter will be charged a flat rate (tuition equivalent to 12 credit hours), or $38,232 for the nine-month academic year. The flat rate is not available in all graduate academic units; individual deans can help to determine which program’s costs differ from this standard rate. The graduate student fee will remain unchanged for the fourth year in a row at $150 for the academic year, as will the technology fee at $4 per credit hour.

“We recognize that these are extraordinarily challenging times to be attending college,” Provost Gregg Kvistad writes in a letter sent to graduate and undergraduate students and parents. “They are also challenging times for colleges and universities across the United States, all of which are now – rightly – called upon to demonstrate the value of the educational experiences they offer. We welcome that challenge at the University of Denver, where we have made every effort to control costs while enhancing the learning experience of our students.”

The University’s strategic investments for next year include two initiatives that address the financial challenges faced by DU students and their families.

The first focuses on affordability and continues DU’s multiyear investment in financial aid by adding $7.13 million to the budgeted aid pool in the coming year.

The second focuses on the intensity of the academic experience for students. While some universities have been forced to reduce teaching budgets and increase class sizes, DU will continue its ongoing investment in new faculty positions, adding 37 new appointed faculty positions in the fall.

“Providing a University of Denver education is a significant financial investment for any student to make, and we appreciate your making this investment,” Kvistad writes. “We keep a careful eye on costs, economizing wherever possible, and we strive to keep tuition and fee increases to a minimum.”


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