Bobcats will soon have to reach a little deeper into their pockets to pay for classes.
The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a 2.75 percent tuition increase during their Nov. 12-13 meetings.
After weeks of discussion during President’s Cabinet meetings, the Board of Regents approved the school’s proposal to raise tuition. The increase will go into effect next fall.
During the board’s annual meeting, all institutions within the Texas State University System proposed tuition increases for the next school year.
Eric Algoe, vice president for Texas State’s finance and support services, said all motions of tuition increase by TSUS universities passed.
The 2.75 percent increase will include a $7.12 increase for tuition and a $2 library fee, Algoe said. This means students will pay $9.12 more per semester credit hour they take, approximately amounting to an additional $100 a semester for a student taking 12 credit hours.
Before the Board of Regents’ meeting last week, the board’s subcommittee of finance and audit met to discuss and evaluate the proposed tuition increases, Algoe said. The subcommittee met Nov. 9 to fully prepare and review the proposals before the Board of Regents meeting.
“With the increased tuition and library fee, the library can now work on transforming Alkek with different renovation projects for the future,” Algoe said. “We are excited to be moving forward with various projects.”
Joan Heath, associate vice president and university librarian, said she is excited for the future of Alkek’s projects now that the proposed library fee has been approved.
“I am really pleased with the news,” Heath said. “I want students to know that this fee will support the building projects for the near future. We have a lot of exciting renovation projects coming up in the next few years.”
One of the biggest projects the library will work toward is building an offsite facility—also known as a collection repository—to store old books and clear space in the campus library, Heath said.
“This is a parallel project and will comprise of building an offsite facility while renovating the library at around the same time,” Heath said. “We want to start renovating the main floor of the library, but we can’t do that unless we build an offsite facility to house and clear space.”
The repository already has a definite location at Star Park, Heath said.
Star Park is located near the intersection of McCarty and Hunter road, she said. There is already a blueprint for the repository, which has been approved by the Board of Regents.
“They still have to take that design and draw up the construction documents,” Heath said. “This will take a few months and we hope the project will start sometime during the spring.”
The space freed in the library after materials are put in the new repository will allow more room for students, Heath said. It will help improve the infrastructure and add space for more technology in Alkek.
In the near future, Texas State students will have the opportunity to vote on another proposal to raise the student center fee. Texas State students currently pay $64 as a student center fee, but the proposed increase will raise the current amount by $36.
Jack Rahmann, director of the LBJ Student Center, said the proposal is still in the early stages and has to go through Student Government before any action can be taken.
“The next step is for the Student Government Senate to vote in order to put the proposal on a student ballot,” Rahmann said. “If the Senate approves, the proposed fee will be added to the ballot in February for students to vote on whether or not they want it implemented.”
The money gained from the student center fee will be used to add extra space to the already crowded student center, Rahmann said. Compared to other major universities, Texas State’s student center is small in comparison, and space is becoming more limited.
“We have to reject a large number of requests to rent out the ballroom every month because we just don’t have space,” Rahmann said. “We’ve done our homework and analyzed all sides of this. We just want what is best for our students and we know the student center needs to grow with our population.”