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Athens State University Board of Trustees Approves Tuition Rate for 2013-14

July 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase that will continue to keep the University’s tuition rates the lowest among all state universities. Students will pay only $14 per semester hour more – a 9.2 percent increase -beginning with the 2013 fall semester.

The tuition increase only affects those students taking traditional or blended classes. There is no change to tuition rates for those students taking full online courses. Tuition will be $167 per credit hour or $2,505 per semester for a student taking 15 hours of study. The increase will affect less than 50 percent of the University’s student body. The University has an enrollment of approximately 3,450 students.

The increase is only the third time the University has raised its tuition rates in the past five years. Since 2008, the University has overcome state funding cuts that reached more than $3 million annually. This year, the University received a modest increase of less than $100,000 to its state appropriation while also absorbing increases to state retirement contributions – an additional $250,000 in cost next year.

“The University and the Board of Trustees are committed to keeping our tuition affordable,” said President Bob Glenn. “When you consider cost and the quality of education, we believe students receive a tremendous value at Athens State.”

Glenn said the University appreciated the direction Gov. Bentley and the State Legislature have taken to work to address funding needs within higher education. Athens State, as an upper division University, serves a unique demographic. More than 90 percent of the student body work full or part time.

“Our students are focused on completing their degree,” said Glenn. “They desire class formats that give them flexibility as well as a tuition rate that is competitive. As an institution, we are devoted to that end.”


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