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Purdue officials OK tuition boost

IPFW students to pay another $5 per credit hour

– IPFW students might be more likely to speak in opposition to a tuition and fee increase after they see it on their bills this fall.

That is, if they notice the additional $5 per credit hour.

“A lot of students weren’t aware this discussion was taking place,” said Brad Crowe, IPFW student body president.

Crowe was the only student to watch a live stream Wednesday at IPFW of the Purdue University board of trustees’ executive committee meeting. The committee approved a 2 percent tuition and fee increase for IPFW and all of regional campuses for the next two years.

For IPFW students, that means their per credit hour tuition and fee total will rise from $255 to $260 this fall, then an additional $5 per credit hour next fall, said Walt Branson, vice chancellor for financial affairs at IPFW. To be considered full-time, a student must take at least 12 credit hours a semester, but to graduate in four years, the university encourages students to take about 15 credit hours per semester.

No students signed up to speak before the committee during a hearing prior to the vote.

West Lafayette students won’t see an increase in tuition after Purdue President Mitch Daniels called for a tuition freeze. Students will see an increase in fees, totaling $102 over two years.

Committee members took the lack of students speaking in opposition to the increase as positive support for the move.

Crowe said an extra $5 per credit hour doesn’t seem like a lot on paper, but for students working and supporting families, that’s money that could be spent on rent and basic necessities. He said students understand through discussion with university officials that the increase was necessary.

Facing an $8.4 million budget deficit, mostly attributed to a dip in enrollment, IPFW laid off 18 workers and has opted not to fill 24 vacant, non-teaching positions. An additional 14 faculty positions will go unfilled as part of the university’s budget reduction plan.

“These are always difficult processes to go through and difficult decisions to make,” Chancellor Vicky Carwein said of the tuition and fee increase.

And despite budget cuts, she said, the university is committed to offering a quality education at an affordable price.

“There’s no question about our commitment to quality,” Carwein said. “We really wanted to maintain and keep up the quality Indiana University and Purdue University would expect … In relation to other options, we’re a much more affordable option for many of our students.”

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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