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Flint, Dearborn budgets call for modest tuition increases, more aid

The Board of Regents approved increasing tuition and fees for in-state, full-time undergraduate students at U-M-Flint by 6.4 percent and U-M-Dearborn by 7.9 percent for the 2007-08 school year. The corresponding tuition increase for in-state, graduate students will be 5 percent at both campuses.

A typical undergraduate student with 12 credit hours will pay an average of $3,507 per semester at U-M-Flint. The cost of tuition and fees for graduate students will vary from program to program.

"It is a difficult decision to increase tuition, and this increase reflects declining state financial support and increases in fixed costs over which we have no control," says Flint Acting Chancellor Jack Kay. "We are aware of the impact of our decision on our students and their families. In order to keep this tuition increase at this level, we will also implement $200,000 in additional budget cuts, but we will not sacrifice academic quality in the process."

U-M-Flint anticipates major increases in its operational expenses caused primarily by the rising cost of energy and health care. For the 2007-08 academic year, the Flint campus expects increased costs in utilities, 6 percent; health insurance, 10 percent; dental insurance, 5 percent; other insurance, 3 percent; facility contracts, 10 percent and system maintenance, 11 percent. A 3 percent merit salary increase is budgeted for faculty and staff.

To help offset the additional tuition at U-M-Flint, institutional financial aid will increase by 8.4 percent. The addition of more than 40 new scholarships during the last two years, with a record number of individual donors making gifts to existing scholarship funds, increased the amount of scholarship funds available to students.

U-M-Dearborn also plans to make more financial aid available with a 16 percent increase, which Chancellor Daniel Little said signals "our commitment to increasing the number of students able to take advantage of a U-M-Dearborn education."

"This budget clearly supports the primary commitments of the campus: our emphasis on enhancing the quality of our educational programs; our goal of providing more access to our programs for the students in our region by increasing institutional financial aid; and our commitment to maintaining the positive working environment that allows us to attract and retain talented faculty and staff members," Little said.

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