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Wayne State Tuition Set To Increase Next School Year

The Board of Governors Friday morning approved a 2.9-percent tuition increase.

June 08, 2018 - 3:31 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Wayne State University students will be paying more for tuition next fall.  

The Board of Governors Friday morning approved a 2.9-percent tuition increase. The board approved a general fund operating budget of $655 million for fiscal year 2019.

For students taking 15 credit hours, the increase amounts to about $165 more each semester.  

This new tuition rates translate to $10.84 or less per credit hour for all undergraduate students, and keeps the increase well below the state's tuition restraint cap of 3.8 percent.

In addition, the school will be offering several programs to help students pay for their classes.  One program -- the Warrior Senior Sprint program -- will provide full spring/summer tuition scholarships for students who are eligible to graduate by next fall. There will also be a 50 percent tuition discount for active duty military students and a continuation of a significant discount on student semester parking passes.

"Although it never feels good to raise tuition, I’m pleased we were able to limit the increase because our students feel the effects of any increase, big or small," Board of Governors Chair Sandy Hughes O'Brien said. "It’s our job as a Board to help make the cost of attendance as affordable and accessible as possible for all students. That’s why we’re excited about our new financial aid programs. This budget will allow us to sustain the excellence of Wayne State and continue to increase the value of a Wayne State degree.”

The overall operating budget includes a 7.1 percent increase in financial aid, bringing Wayne State’s annual institutionally funded financial aid to $79.4 million -- an increase of more than 200 percent over the past decade, according to a press release from the school.

14 percent of Wayne State students have their tuition and fees fully funded through financial aid. That number is expected to grow through the Wayne Access Award, which provides incoming freshmen with additional financial assistance based on need.