ASU remains affordable as tuition increases

Tuition increases for the 2018-19 school years.

By Christian Hunick
On January 25, 2018

by Axel Marcenaro

ASU students can expect their bill go up next semester by $125-131- depending on their major due to a 2.4-2.7 percent increase in tuition and fees.

The change was approved on Dec. 15 by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents and the Finance and Administration Committee, affecting the TTU System’s four universities for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

An increase in tuition was necessary to keep up with operational costs, according to ASU’s Director of Communications and Marketing Rebekah Brackin.

"Just as operating costs increase for any business or organization, Angelo State has experienced similar increases in basic operational expenses. As funding options are limited, we have had to recoup a portion of this increase with a relatively small increase in tuition and fees."

ASU is still ranked second in the Lone Star Conference for the lowest tuition and fee rates.

"The Texas Tech University System is committed to meeting the global challenges facing higher education and is committed to serving the students and citizens of the State of Texas," TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan said in a press release. "We understand the valuable but limited resources provided to us must be utilized in the most efficient and effective manner. We remain focused on advancing our core mission of teaching, health care, research and outreach while continuing to be affordable."

Junior Jessica Nodine is one of the students whom the new tuition rates will affect.

"When I first heard about it, my reaction was ‘oh no,’ because I did not know exactly how much it was going to increase," Nodine said. "It helped when I actually went and read the article because it is only about $120 to 130, which isn’t too bad compared to what it could have been."

Nodine said that knowing the reasoning behind the new tuition rates helped her justify the change.

"If they are using the money to keep up with the costs of running the school, then it is understandable."

Nodine noted that ASU is still more affordable than other schools.

"We are still getting a great quality education, so I don’t see any problem with it."

The official announcement can be found under the news section of the ASU website.

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