Seven trustees at the University of West Alabama, who previously opposed a tuition hike, voted Sept. 30 to raise undergraduate tuition by five percent, from $3,060 to $3,213 annually. Students will now have
to pay the difference.
Mann Minus, acting chairman of the board, said the increases in tuition and fees were approved to make up a $300,000 budget deficit.
Along with the increase in undergraduate tuition, trustees voted to increase residence hall rent $150 per semester and student activity fees $25 per semester and take about $250,000 from the university's reserve fund.
The board also voted to increase graduate tuition by 15.5 percent. Graduate students make up a small part of the school's record enrollment of 2,372 students.
Minus said board members hope the financial picture improves next year. If not, the trustees may have to consider a tuition boost again.
The decision to boost undergraduate tuition comes as a delegation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits institutions of higher education, is scheduled to arrive Oct. 15 to seek documentation of the board's effectiveness.