In-state undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will have to pay more for tuition for the 2014-15 academic year, but it's the smallest increase in eight years.
The news was announced Friday after the CU Board of Regents set next year's tuition rates at its four campuses at a special meeting in Denver.
Freshmen and sophomores at UCCS who are Colorado residents will pay an extra $240 annually starting in the fall, according to UCCS spokesman Tom Hutton. That's a 3.2 percent increase from current rates, he said, nudging up from $7,470 in 2013-14 to $7,710 for 2014-15 for 30 credit hours in the academic year.
The increase is below last year's 6 percent hike for resident students, which also is the maximum amount expected to be allowed this year by state lawmakers.
UCCS juniors and seniors will have to pay $270 to $384 more a year, an increase of 3.27 to 3.36 percent, depending on the program of enrollment.
"We are doing everything possible to contain costs, maintain high quality and provide students with options," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said in a statement. "We know that students and families often face financial challenges and have to make difficult choices. We are committed to working with every qualified student interested in attending UCCS. We want UCCS to be affordable."
Tuition will increase 3.5 percent for in-state graduate students.
UCCS officials had asked regents to consider a 3.6 to 4 percent tuition hike for next school year, but the regents decided to give students a break.
Out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students will not experience an across-the-board percentage increase for 2014-15, Hutton said, although costs will be altered to a per-credit-hour structure and will vary.
The financial aid office is expecting to make additional need- and merit-based scholarships available for students, Hutton said.
System-wide, undergraduate tuition will increase by about 3.4 percent.
The board voted 7-2 in favor of the slate of rates university administrators recommended. Regents James Geddes and Joe Neguse opposed the proposed figures.
At the regents' February meeting in Colorado Springs, Geddes asked the board to consider not raising tuition at all for the coming school year, saying "tuition and fees have substantially outpaced the fall in state funding."
Tuition has increased every year for the past decade.
A website to assist students in calculating tuition and required fees will be updated by March 31. The site is www.uccs.edu/bursar/estimate-your-total-bill.html.
Tuition increases for 2014-15
University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Increase of up to 3.4 percent for all in-state undergraduates, or up to $254 for an academic year (30 student credit hours)
University of Colorado Denver: Up to 3.5 percent, or up to $296 for an academic year (30 student credit hours, arts and sciences)
University of Colorado Boulder: Likely 3.3 percent; up to 3.4 percent, or up to $298 for an academic year (30 student credit hours, arts and sciences)
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Up to 6 percent, or up to $21.50 per credit hour (undergraduate nursing students)
Note: The tuition rates are qualified as "up to" because university administrators will be working on budget proposals in coming weeks and will keep the increases no higher than the ceilings listed above.
UCCS IN-state tuition increase/tuition rate per student per year/state support per student
2014-2015: 3.2 percent/$7,710 (state support yet unknown)
2013-2014: 6 percent/$7,470/$2,413
2012-2013: 5 percent/$7,050/$2,388
2011-2012: 7 percent/$6,720/$2,481
2010-2011: 7 percent/$6,270/$3,028
2009-2010: 5 percent/$5,850/$1,537
2008-2009: 7.5 percent/$5,580/$2,960
2007-2008: 7 percent/$5,190/$3,737
2006-2007: 2.5 percent/4,066/$3,213
2005-2006: 20 percent/$3,966/$2,948
2004-2005: 9 percent/$3,296/$2,676