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May 7, 2007

Purdue to conduct public hearing on tuition, student fees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University officials will conduct a public hearing May 17 on proposed tuition and mandatory fees to be paid by students attending any of the university's campuses during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.

The proposal calls for a 4.5 percent tuition and required fee increase for each of the next two academic years at the West Lafayette campus. The new fee structure would result in a $320 increase in the 2007-08 year for most resident students on the West Lafayette campus.

At the West Lafayette campus, Indiana resident students initially enrolled since summer 2006 would pay $7,416 in the 2007-08 academic year and $7,750 the following year. Students who have been on campus since the 2005-06 school year are grandfathered into a lower tuition structure and would pay $7,154 and $7,476, respectively, over the next two academic years.

Nonresident students first enrolled since summer 2006 at the West Lafayette campus would pay $22,224 in the 2007-08 academic year and $23,224 the next year. Those nonresident students who have been on campus since the 2005-06 academic year would pay $21,962 and $22,950, respectively, over the next two years.

Some programs, such as engineering, management, pharmacy and veterinary medicine, have fee differentials, which are additional mandatory fees intended to defray the higher costs of these programs.

Funds generated by the proposed fee increases will be used to defray a portion of increasing costs for faculty and staff salaries, student financial aid, insurance, technology, utilities and initiatives outlined in the campuses' strategic plans.

Fees for Indiana students at other Purdue campuses are assessed on a per credit hour basis. In addition to the general increase, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will assess a special fee to support the construction of a student services building and Purdue North Central will increase a mandatory parking fee to construct a parking facility. Rates for new and grandfathered in-state students, respectively, are:

* Purdue Calumet - $192 and $189.25 (2007-08) and $200.70 and $197.75 (2008-09)

* Purdue North Central - $193.90 and $191.80 (2007-08) and $202.65 and $200.45 (2008-09)

* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne - $210.40 and $207.85 (2007-08) and $219.85 and $217.20 (2008-09)

These rates represent a 4.5 percent increase for all but nonresident students at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who will see an increase of 6 percent each year.

The hearing will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 326, and will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the Finance Committee of the university's board of trustees. The proposed fees will be discussed, and the public will have a chance to comment. The trustees will vote on the fee proposals and the 2007-08 systemwide operating budget during its meeting on May 18.

A videoconference connection also will permit public input from Purdue's regional campuses.

Those wishing to speak at the hearing should notify the board of trustees' office in advance at (765) 494-9710, or e-mail trustees@purdue.edu . Each speaker will be allotted five minutes to make comments at the hearing.

Written comments also may be submitted via e-mail or sent to the Office of the Board of Trustees, Hovde Hall, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Ind., 47907.

Anyone wanting to offer testimony at one of the statewide campuses should contact the chancellor's office at that campus for directions to the videoconference location. Those locations and phone numbers are:

* Purdue Calumet: Purdue Calumet Conference Center (Room 125); (219) 989-2217

* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne: Kettler Hall (Room G20); (260) 481-5410.

* Purdue North Central: Technology Building (Room 134); (219) 785-5511

Purdue's systemwide operating budget for 2006-07 is $1.73 billion. Student fees account for 30 percent of the operating budget, while the remainder comes from other sources, including about 18 percent from state operating appropriations.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Morgan Olsen, (765) 494-9705, mrolsen@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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