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Minot Students Respond To Tuition Rates

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The Board of Higher Education approved higher tuition rates across North Dakota. In order to pay for utilities and salaries for faculty, Minot State University needed to increase tuition costs.

After seeking a two-and-a-half percent increase, they were given a cap of a five percent.

"Two-and-a-half is probably one of the lowest increases in the system. I'm pleased we were able to do that," says Dr. David Fuller the president of Minot State University.

"As long as increases happen in a reasonable matter. If the increases are small percentages of what students are already paying in tuition, because you kind of budget and you plan, and you already have your summer jobs ready. So, you know roughly what you'll be paying for next year's schooling," says Marley Kotylak a MSU student.

The overall consensus of the student body at MSU is that they're not too concerned about the tuition spike because they were told about it in advance.

Kotylak is part of the student government, and was pleased that administration took her concerns into consideration.

"We just really stressed to them over a few meetings that it's really important that the increases stay as low as possible. However, the flipside is we expect certain things from our university. So, we would rather see increases that are reasonable and that will still allow the school to provide everything that they need to provide for us," says Kotylak

"Well, I know that each year, it might have to go up due to costs to continue and to deal with maintenance costs and teacher's salaries. I understand it has to happen. It's nice that they capped it so it can't go up a huge amount," says Zach Niebuhr an MSU student.

Students remain the top priority.

"That's the reason we're in business, is to help the students," says Fuller.

The 2.5 percent increase will be seen in next year's bill.

In addition to increases at MSU, the Board of Higher Education approved tuition increases at several other universities throughout the state including Bismarck, Williston and Dickinson.  

 

 

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