Regents Approve Fees for 2006-2007 School Year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 24, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new fee schedule to take effect with the fall 2006 semester.

Under the approved plan, incidental fees will increase by $9 per credit hour for Missouri undergraduates and graduate students, $18 per credit hour for non-resident undergraduate and graduate students, and $4 per credit hour for students at Southeast’s higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo.

The new per credit hour rates will be $167.80 for resident undergraduates; $305.30 for non-resident undergraduates; $195.20 for resident graduate students; $357.10 for non-resident graduate students; and $114 for area higher education center students at Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo.

The Board also approved the allocation of a $2 per credit hour increase in the general fee to take effect next fall. Under the allocation plan, the Student Recreation Center and intramurals will receive an additional 40 cents; the Student Aquatic Center will receive an additional 90 cents; student activities will receive an additional 10 cents; and student athletics will receive an additional 60 cents. This is in keeping with action approved by the Board in April 2005 in which the Regents approved a $2 per credit hour increase per year in general fees for students beginning last fall through fiscal 2010, with the proceeds funding construction and operation of a Student Aquatic Center, student programming, intramurals and enhanced student support for athletics.

With the $2 increase, the general fee, beginning in fall 2006, will be $15.70 per credit hour for students on the Cape Girardeau campus. Based on the new incidental and general student fee increases, total required fees per credit hour will be $183.50 for resident undergraduates; $321 for non-resident undergraduates; $210.90 for resident graduate students; $372.80 for non-resident graduate students; and $119 for students at Southeast’s area higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, Mo.

Kathy Mangels, interim vice president for business and finance, said current state budget deliberations include a 2 percent increase in operating appropriations for higher education. This would equate to an increase of $875,116 for Southeast, after withholdings.

She says Southeast is deeply committed to its mission of providing quality academic programs with reasonable access to prospective students in its service region.

“We closely monitor how fee increases affect Southeast students,” she said.

Mangels said Southeast’s fees will still remain lower than almost every comparable University in this region. Southeast’s incidental fees for fiscal 2007 will be less than the University of Missouri-Columbia’s rate of $227.30 per credit hour, Missouri State University’s rate of $173 per credit hour, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s rate of $193.60 per credit hour and Truman State University’s rate of $234.17 per credit hour. Southeast’s incidental fees for fiscal 2007 will be slightly more than Northwest Missouri State University’s rate of $141.50 a credit hour.

In related action, the Board approved special course fees to take effect with the fall 2006 semester. Special course fees are requested by departments to cover the cost of consumable supplies or other expenses unique to a course. Mangels said formalizing “up-front” billing avoids surprise costs to students after they enroll.

“This process also makes special course fees eligible for the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax credits that students or parents may claim,” she said.

The special course fees approved by the regents are for a course in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation; three courses in the Department of Nursing; two courses in the Department of Social Work; and a course in the Environmental Science program. In addition, the Regents also approved the transfer of existing special course fees for seven courses from one course to a new substitution course.

Also in related action, the Board approved a $1 per credit hour general fee for renovation of academic facilities, primarily of the University’s Science Complex, for fiscal 2007. The Regents’ action also calls for an additional increase of this fee of $1 per credit hour per year for six years through fiscal 2012.

Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, said, the replacement value of the University’s educational general facilities is $332 million.

“The standard measure for annual maintenance and repair expenditures suggests that expenditures should fall within 1.5 percent and 2 percent of the facilities’ total replacement value,” he said. As part of the annual operating budget request to the state, the University requests additional funding to bring the amount of state funding for maintenance and repair to 1.25 percent of the University’s physical plant replacement value, Holt said. For fiscal 2007, 1.25 percent of the replacement value equates to $4.15 million. State funding for maintenance and repair in fiscal 1997 was $1.78 million, he said, adding budget cuts in fiscal 2003 and fiscal 2004 have reduced state funding for maintenance and repair to $1.66 million, less than one-third of the needed funding.

The use of these funds to upgrade Southeast’s science labs is particularly important, Holt said.

“State-of-the-art science labs are essential to the education of Southeast’s students, both majors and non-majors, in the sciences,” he said.

While the University continues to request capital funds from the state to construct a new science lab building, there is little prospect that such funding will be soon, Holt said. Therefore, funds from the new general fee for preventive maintenance and renovation of academic facilities will be used for a multi-year science lab renovation project that will upgrade about 2,000 square feet per year with a total renovation investment of $600,000 in fiscal 2007.