Saturday, May 9, 2015

Marshall seeking to balance budget without tuition increase - Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette

Marshall University is trying to draft a balanced general budget for the 2015-16 academic year without a general tuition increase, interim President Gary White told the school’s Board of Governors Wednesday. But officials didn’t know Wednesday how a process to restructure student fees -- which the board approved at its meeting in Huntington Wednesday -- would affect the overall average cost for students. Fees are supposed to cover the costs of the services they fund, but White said MU has discovered some costs are overestimated and others are underestimated. According to data from the state Higher Education Policy Commission, over the past five years, Marshall’s annual tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates have increased 23 percent. It cost $6,526 for a West Virginia undergraduate to attend Marshall full-time this school year.

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