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Shepherd University tuition going up

April 21, 2009

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The Shepherd University Board of Governors approved tuition and fee increases for the 2009-10 academic year during its April 16 meeting.

The tuition and fee increases will allow the university to move forward with improvements outlined in Shepherd's Strategic Plan, which was presented by President Suzanne Shipley during the meeting, and to meet increases in operation and utility costs, and student financial aid.

In-state tuition will be $2,617 per semester, up from $2,449. Out-of-state tuition will be $6,787, up from the previous year's per-semester cost of $6,406.

"Shepherd University has a long history of delivering a high-quality education at affordable prices," Shipley said in a news release. "In today's economy, we are challenging ourselves to keep improving our education programs. Our students are relying on us to prepare them to be successful in a highly competitive work force. We need to remain focused on that goal, and to accomplish it, we need to make strategic changes while keeping down costs.

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"Tuition increases are necessary to offset anticipated reductions in state support and cost increases due to inflation. Today's resolution by the board allows the university to lower the proposed tuition if the state uses stimulus funding to offset the anticipated state reductions," Shipley said.

The board also approved increases to housing rates of 4 percent for traditional and suite-style residence hall rooms and 1 percent for apartment housing, according to the news release.

A 3.73 percent average rate increase was approved for current traditional meal plans, according to the release.

Shepherd's Strategic Plan is posted online at www.shepherd.edu under the Announcements section on the home page.

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