NAU Proposes Tuition Increase for 2022-2023 School Year | Education

Northern Arizona University (NAU) released its tuition and fee proposal for the 2022-2023 academic year on March 11, along with Arizona’s other public universities. Tuition will increase by 3.5% for undergraduate and graduate students at its Flagstaff and statewide campuses.

Undergraduate tuition at the Flagstaff campus will be $12,273 for residents, $27,535 for non-residents, and $28,535 for international students. At NAU institutions statewide, tuition will be $8,646 for resident and nonresident undergraduate students.

Graduate tuition will be $12,639 for resident students at the Flagstaff campus and $29,189 for non-resident graduate students. International graduate students will have tuition fees of $30,189. At NAU locations statewide, tuition will be $11,386 for resident graduate students and $27,320 for nonresidents.

Personalized learning at the university will cost $3,100 for a six-month subscription ($3,850 for nursing programs). Online learning will cost $465 per credit hour for undergraduates and $585 per credit hour for graduate students. This is an increase of 2% ($10 per credit hour) for online students and 3% ($100 per six-month subscription) for personalized learning.

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NAU’s Commitment Program, guaranteeing a four-year tuition rate for new undergraduate resident students at the Flagstaff campus, will remain in place.

Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $10,650 for resident undergraduates at the Flagstaff campus, $7,950 for those statewide, and $10,920 for undergraduates from undergraduate residents online, according to the NAU website. For in-state graduate students, tuition is currently $11,004 on the Flagstaff campus, $10,596 on in-state campuses, and $13,800 for online students.

The university’s undergraduate tuition has not changed in the past three years, according to the proposal, and NAU’s inflationary costs have exceeded 7% during that time.

The change is intended to support NAU’s strategic initiatives, combat inflationary costs, and provide fair value to its students, according to a NAU press release.

“Our 2022-2023 tuition and fee proposal reflects our focus on equity, access and value while closing the resource gap caused by three years of classes with no tuition increase for most students, continued inflationary pressures, and the imperative to invest in new strategic initiatives to strengthen our student programs and services,” said President José Luis Cruz Rivera. “Now more than ever, our work at NAU must advance equitable policies and practices and seek to broaden participation, close achievement gaps, and propel transformative outcomes that promote individual social mobility and economy in communities across our state and beyond. »

Other changes include an increase in the fall 2023 registration deposit (it will now be $325), a 3% increase in residential accommodation rates, and a 3.9% increase in the cost of the meal plan. 2022-2023. These are intended to provide additional support for first-generation and underserved students and to ensure that orientation will have no cost (the registration deposit), to support rising costs and renovations of buildings and to remain competitive with off-campus (housing) options and to respond to rising food and labor costs and “improve the flexibility of meal plan options” (meal plans).

The university will also eliminate undergraduate course and program fees (except Honors College fees), instead adding a tiered university college fee structure, with 63% of students at the highest level. lower.

“The simplification of the fee structure improves the predictability of student planning and financial aid awards and supports funding for student success initiatives, such as counseling and work placement and internship services. The entire fee becomes a basis for the regent set aside financial aid funding,” Cruz Rivera wrote in the proposal.

It also includes plans to simplify tuition, by setting a cost per credit hour for part-time students (7-11 credit hours), who currently pay full tuition. It “lowers the total cost of a degree for part-time students [who are often under-represented and/or low income] compared to full-time students,” according to the proposal.

The impact of these measures “will generate only a portion of the overall resources needed to advance our work,” said Cruz Rivera. “In conjunction with our tuition and fee proposal, it is imperative that NAU continues to refine our operations and generate efficiencies to continue to be effective stewards of our resources as we seek to expand student engagement and success, improve outcomes, and strengthen the vitality of our state’s workforce and economy.

A public hearing on Arizona’s public university tuition proposals for 2022-2023 is scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on March 28. It will be distributed through the Arizona Board of Regents and comments can be submitted to [email protected] as well by mail and fax. More information about NAU’s proposal can be found on the ABOR website.

The ABOR should follow up on this proposal at its meeting on 7 April.

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