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April 12, 2002

Purdue trustees approve student fees, budget proposal

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, 4/12) approved a 2002-2003 conceptual budget plan that will increase basic fees for students at all Purdue campuses by 10 percent.

"The fees and budget plan take into account the reductions in state appropriations recently announced in the governor's deficit reduction plan," said President Martin C. Jischke. "Purdue understands the state's financial situation, but at the same time, we remain committed to moving forward with the initiatives outlined in our strategic plan and ensuring the academic quality embodied in a Purdue education.

"Although this fee increase is higher than we would like, it does not make up for the state funding we will lose as a result of Indiana's budget shortfall."

Jischke said Purdue has reduced spending during the current budget year by reallocating funds, leaving staff vacancies unfilled, restricting travel and deferring non-critical repairs and equipment replacement. The 2002-2003 budget plan calls for no increase in supply and expense budgets and $3.2 million in reallocations at the West Lafayette campus.

Starting next fall, total fees for currently enrolled full-time students from Indiana will be $4,580 a year at Purdue's West Lafayette campus, an increase of $416. Out-of-state students will pay $15,260, an increase of $1,388. Newly enrolled students will pay an additional $1,000 in fees, which was approved by the trustees in November as part of the Purdue strategic plan. Each regional campus also approved a new student fee as part of their plans.

At the West Lafayette campus, the fee increase for new students will fund approximately $8 million in academic enhancements, including: more faculty in the classroom, student financial aid, faculty compensation, information technology, diversity and experiential learning.

"When the strategic plan was approved, we pledged to use the new student fee to fund initiatives that directly benefit students," Jischke said. "We will stay the course on that promise. In order for us to move to the next level of excellence, we must keep a clear vision of our critical mission – providing the people, tools and educational experiences needed to give our students a world-class education. This is a necessary investment today that will make Indiana, the nation and the world a better place tomorrow."

Fees for full-time in-state students at other campuses are set at:

• Purdue North Central – $3,948 (currently enrolled students), $4,486.50 (new students).

• Purdue Calumet – $3,912.60 (currently enrolled students), $4,392.60 (new students).

• Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne – $4,354.50 (currently enrolled students), $4,864.50 (new students).

The proposed 2002-2003 general fund budget is $597.6 million for Purdue West Lafayette, and $744 million systemwide, about a 6 percent increase over this year's actual budget. The increase comes primarily from fees, reallocations and interest income.

Purdue's overall operating budget is made up of the general fund budget; federal and industrial research grants; gifts; financial aid; and income from self-supporting auxiliary enterprises, such as housing and food services, intercollegiate athletics and other service enterprises.

2001-2002 undergraduate tuition and fees at Big Ten public institutions

Penn State $7,574 $15,704
Michigan $7,375 $22,405
Michigan State $5,912 $14,214
Illinois $5,754 $13,574
Minnesota $5,536 $15,002
Indiana $4,734 $14,469
Ohio State $4,788 $13,554
Purdue $4,164 $13,872
Wisconsin $4,089 $15,976
Iowa $3,522 $11,950
Median $5,162 $14,342
Mean $5,345 $15,072

Writer: Brian Zink, (765) 494-2080;

Source: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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