Have No Fear, But An Adequate Level Of Concern Is In Order.

Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans

“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” John Lennon


President Shelton released his proposed tuition increases and positions on potential fees to be set in place for the next academic school year, 2010-2011.

The University’s recommendation moves resident undergraduate tuition closer to the median of its peer universities.  Base undergraduate tuition would be increased for Arizona residents by $1,450, to $7,224 for undergraduates, and to $8,014 for graduate students. For all non-resident students, tuition would rise by $2,000, to $22,983 for non-resident undergraduates and to $23,276 for non-resident graduate students.


Though this is an extreme increase, it is important to understand that for those of you who are speechless and taken aback that this was to be predicted. Again, these are just proposals and we will have to wait and see how they play out in the Arizona Board of Regents meeting in a couple weeks. When we have a state legislature that is in dire financial troubles scrounging for money, that on top of the financial woes of present does not value higher education, we need to generate the necessary funding to sustain our institution.

Mandatory Fees
In addition to a new Campus Sustainability Fee of $24 and a Health and Recreation Fee of $306, Shelton has proposed an increase of $335 to the Library Information Fee.

The University recommendation also makes permanent the tuition surcharge ($766 for Arizona residents; $966 for non-residents) that the Regents approved in the spring of 2009.

Those are the cold hard facts. The fact is that the situation our university is in places it between a rock and a hard place. It is important to remember that the University of Arizona is not looking at these steep financial increases on a whim, but rather our of self-preservation. In terms of the fees, we need to be cognizant and skeptical as students. In particular, the Health and Recreation Fee. I am, personally, very skeptical in regards to paying for the Taj Mahal of rec centers (which by the look of me, you obviously know that  I do not utilize this facility, but rest assured if I am paying $300+ a year you might just see Tyler “Schwarzenegger” Quillin walking around campus next year); with that being said, I do feel that campus health is a fabulous facility that is apparently nationally renown and the fee will allow them to meet the demands of students upon the facility, which has become extremely burdensome with the budget cuts of late.

One thing is certain, it will certainly be an interesting Arizona Board of Regents meeting coming up and it is absolutely critical that we, as students educate ourselves on everything going on and voice our sentiments.

From The Arizona Republic today:

Regents President Ernie Calderón called the proposed increases “significant,” adding, “I think we’re going to have to use a little bit more of a pencil and an eraser on them.”

Calderón said the latest proposal will have to be evaluated on the basis of “is it what the presidents need or what they want?”

Lastly, ASUA President Chris Nagata and GPSC President David Talenfeld have developed positions on the proposed fees of late, those fees include:

  • Health and Recreation Fee
  • Sustainability Fee
  • Library and Information Technologies Fee
  • And more…

I would encourage all of you to take a look at your Studentlink financial accounts and become familiar with the fees in place right now and take a look at what is being proposed in relation to the proposed tuition increases too. Remember that these are all proposals and are not set in stone. This is a lot of money being discussed and as students you deserve to be heard! Make yourselves heard! A hearing will be held on March 1st. More information will be forthcoming. Stay tuned…

I would also encourage you to stay tuned to what that Desert Lamp Blog will say about the fees and tuition proposals. The blog usually offers the commentary and critique that is necessary for these subjects.

3 Responses to “Have No Fear, But An Adequate Level Of Concern Is In Order.”
  1. Anonymous says:

    “Though this is an extreme increase, it is important to understand that for those of you who are speechless and taken aback that this was to be predicted.”

    That is definitely not the case. Students and their families did not prepare for the largest increase in tuition in the history of Arizona. While the divestment of higher education by the state of Arizona was clear, to put the burden on the backs of students was not. This drastic tuition increase was not predictable and is not accessible.

    • Tyler Quillin says:

      Drastic increases were absolutely to be expected. For those who were not expecting increases of this magnitude, it just seems naive. I’m not saying it is “fair” to place the burden of higher education on the backs of students either. But, with that being said, where do you propose the necessary funding the institution needs to come from? We, as students, are fighting for a predictable tuition model, but in these financially difficult and unpredictable times, it makes our battles for predictability extremely difficult. As for accessibility, the more the state divests in higher education, the more privatized it will become by necessity. If the state legislature refuses to appropriately fund the university system, why should it remain a public institution? I only ask this question to spark conversation, not because I am advocating such a drastic change.

      I curious to hear your thoughts…

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