At its April meeting, the Board of Trustees of Athens State University approved a tuition increase range of 1% to 5% and authorized the Executive Committee of the Board to meet with University officials in early June to make a final decision on tuition rates for the coming year. The Executive Committee met on Wednesday morning, June 3, to consider the recommendation of the University’s Budget Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the University chaired by the Vice President for Finance and composed of four faculty members and the presiding officer of the staff senate. The recommendation of the committee was to raise tuition by approximately 2.8 percent beginning with the Fall 2015 semester. After a thorough review of the work and reasoning of the committee, the Executive Committee approved the recommended tuition rates.
Mike McCoy, Vice President for Financial Affairs remarked, “The University Budget Advisory Committee felt that a moderate tuition increase was necessary in order to fund the University’s operating budget and to help avoid larger tuition increases in the future. The Committee reviewed historical tuition increases among Alabama public universities and felt that this increase was appropriate and at the lower end of the approved tuition increase range.”
The increase in tuition rate will take effect with the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester. Even with this increase, Athens State University will continue to have the lowest per-hour tuition rate for a college or university in the state of Alabama. The increase will take the tuition rate from $179 to $184 per semester hour for traditional coursework and from $257 to $264 per semester hour for distance learning classes.
“A tuition increase is not something that is taken on without sufficient research and is done at a time of purposeful need,” said Athens State President Bob Glenn. “It is a necessity that every institution faces. What sets Athens State apart from other institutions is that we do it marginally and as infrequently as possible. We are diligent in our efforts to offer the best return on our student’s investment and it is clear that we are successful in doing so.”