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Dearborn, Flint increases approved by board

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The Board of Regents approved a 5.9-percent increase for U-M-Flint and a 6.5-percent increase for U-M-Dearborn for in-state, full-time undergraduate students.

A typical student with 12 credit hours will pay an average of $3,714 in tuition and fees per semester this coming year at U-M-Flint. The average tuition increase for in-state, graduate students will be 4.9 percent. The cost of tuition and fees for graduate students varies from program to program.

"I am pleased that in spite of rising fixed costs, we were able to keep the tuition increase at one of the lowest levels in years," said Interim Chancellor Jack Kay. "The University of Michigan-Flint offers an outstanding educational experience for students, and we will maintain the exceptional level of teaching and scholarship that we are known for throughout the region."

Despite continuing cost-cutting efforts, U-M-Flint is preparing for significant spikes in operational expenses during the coming year, campus leaders say. The escalating price of gasoline will have a considerable effect on the University as campus fuel costs are estimated to surge 57.4 percent. Other increases include health insurance, 9 percent; utilities, 6 percent; and dental insurance, 4 percent.

The continued growth of the University, and the opening of the new residence hall this fall, has created the need to expand the hours of operation across the campus as well, impacting the budgets of several key departments that provide support services.

Tuition for U-M-Dearborn graduate students will increase by 5 percent. Dearborn Chancellor Dan Little told regents the priorities of academic quality, student access, and faculty retention through appropriate compensation and attention to the work environment were priorities that drove the budget plan. Little said the tuition increase would be offset by a 17.3 percent increase in financial aid.

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