Regents Approve Incidental Fees for 2005-2006 School Year

CAPE GIRARDEAU,

May 25, 2005 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new incidental fee schedule to take effect with the fall 2005 semester.

Under the approved plan, incidental fees will increase $9 per credit hour for Missouri undergraduates and graduate students, and $18 per credit hour for non-resident undergraduate and graduate students.

The new per credit hour rates will be $158.80 for resident undergraduates; $287.30 for non-resident undergraduates; $186.20 for resident graduate students; and $339.10 for non-resident graduate students.

In April, the Regents approved a $2 increase in general fees for students beginning with the fall 2005 semester, brining the general fee to $12.70 per credit hour. Based on the new incidental and general student fee increases, total required fees per credit hour will be $171.50 for resident undergraduates; $300 for non-resident undergraduates; $198.90 for resident graduate students; and $351.80 for non-resident graduate students.

In related action, the Board approved the transfer of special course fees to take effect with the fall 2005 semester for renumbered and renamed classes in the departments of Industrial & Engineering Technology and Communication Disorders. University officials say these are not new fees, but rather transfers from one course to a substitution. These special course fees have been requested by some departments to cover the cost of consumable supplies or other expenses unique to a course, said Dr. Ivy Locke, vice president for business and finance.

Locke told the Board the University’s state appropriation approved by the state legislature on

May 4 is at the same level — $42.5 million after the governor’s three percent withholding – as last year. Thus, she said, an increase in fees is necessary to cover additional fiscal 2006 expenses at the University.

Nonetheless, Locke said 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.

Locke says Southeast’s incidental fees for fiscal 2006 will be less than Southwest Missouri State’s rate of $164 per credit hour, Central Missouri State University’s rate of $171 per credit hour and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s $177 per credit hour rate. Although the University of Missouri-Columbia has not yet set its rates for next school year, the institution is currently proposing a $216.50 per credit hour rate, substantially more than the Southeast fee. Southeast’s incidental fees will be slightly more than Lincoln University’s $147.08 rate.