U of M Regents OK Request that Promises Tuition Freeze

Posted at: 10/12/2012 10:29 AM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 6:28 PM
By: Travis Dill

The U of M Regents agreed to freeze undergraduate tuition rates in 2014 and 2015 if the university receives more state funding. 

The Regents want an additional $91 million over those two years.

A portion of that increase would be used to keep undergraduate tuition from rising. State funding has been cut in recent years so the increase would bring funding back to the level it was at in 2001. 

The request needs legislative approval and is tied to performance goals, such as increased graduation rates. 

Students at UMD said the announcement is good news. 

Freshman Daniel Harren said he is already job hunting. 

"I got 50 percent of my tuition paid for, so that was really nice, but I'm planning on getting a part-time job very soon," Harren said. 

Harren said a job means he will have to manage his time better in order to maintain his grades. 

Senior Angela Bird said she also has to work while attending school. 

"I'm actually working two jobs to be able to pay for my housing and food and that type of thing," she said. 

She said the tuition freeze would be a relief. 

"I'm really thankful that they are thinking of not raising it, but school is school and you have to have it,” Bird said. 

Tuition has been increasing in recent years. 

Last year tuition at UMD was $11,322 before the cost of required fees. That was an increase of 3.5 percent from the 2010-2011 school year, which means students paid about $400 more this year. 

The Regents' request now goes to the state legislature for consideration, but they do not convene until January.