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Shepherd University raises tuition for 2010-11

April 08, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. -- Out-of-state students attending Shepherd University next year will face a healthy tuition increase following a vote Thursday by the Shepherd University Board of Governors.

Shepherd spokeswoman Valerie Owens said tuition for out-of-state students is increasing by 4 percent. In-state students face a 3.7 percent hike next year.

As it did last year, the governors board passed a resolution giving University President Suzanne Shipley authority to decrease the amount of tuition, including fees students pay each year, for political or economic reasons.

Owens said Shipley opted not to decrease tuition or fees for the current year.

Shepherd's board of directors also approved residence hall rate increases of 8 percent. The rate for traditional residence hall rooms are going up by $156 to $2,101 a semester. Rates for suite-style rooms are up by $179 to $2,418.

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Students in apartment-style residence halls will see a 1 percent increase of $27 to $2,758 a semester.

"The increase in housing fees will help meet increased operational costs and planned capital projects, including replacing a heating boiler and upgrading doors and keyless locks," Owens said in her release.

The price of an average meal in the student cafeteria is going up 4.35 percent, raising the basic 19-meal plan to $1,918 a semester.

Daniel Bascomb, recently named as the student representative on the shepherd board of governors, sat in on Thursday's meeting when the increases were approved, Owens said.

Bascomb could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The board of governors' vote Thursday goes to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy commission for its approval, Owens said.

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