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USI trustees approve tuition hike for next few years

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:23 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees approved a tuition hike for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

In the 2021-22 school year, trustees have voted to increase in-state tuition to $8,309, which is a 2% increase from the previous year. This equals out to about $163, according to the university.

In the 2022-23 school year, trustees voted to increase in-state tuition to $8,309, another 2% increase from the previous year. Officials said that’s an increase of about $166.

Tuition for out-of-state and graduate students is a bit more expensive.

Officials did not recommend other mandatory fees to be increased.

USI President Ronald Rochon said even with the hike, the university is still one of the most affordable public universities in the state.

The Student Government Association’s president was the only person to make a public comment.

SGA President Anna Ardelean advocated for the trustees to funnel some of the new dollars coming into mental health resources, especially following the last year amid the COVID Pandemic.

“Students want and need more counselors,” President Ardelean said during the meeting. “They need someone to talk to privately during this time. I think we all do. So please, you help us grow our minds through the wonderful education we get at USI. Now, we need your help healing our minds and during this era of collective trauma.”

The board unanimously approved the changes.

State schools are legally required to approve tuition every few years, according to USI officials.

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