|Official Letter from the President: Announcement on Tuition Increase for FY2011/12|
|Wednesday, May 04, 2011|
President Chin-Shun Wu announced today that in order to help offset increased operational costs and physical plant improvements at University of the West (UWest) a modest increase in tuition will be necessary for the 2011-2012 academic year. Increases include a 3% increase for undergraduate and a 4% increase for graduate tuition. Even with these modest increases tuition at UWest is far below that of other similar private institutions in California across the nation.
These increases will raise an additional $48,000 in revenue for UWest and will help facilitate the expansion in academic curricula, improve faculty and staff salaries, allow for new hires and will help accommodate increased operating costs such as in the area of utilities and physical plant improvement. Although this modest increase in tuition revenue is insufficient to cover all of the anticipated, increased costs at UWest for the next academic year, the continuous support from the Board of Trustees and contributions from fundraising initiatives will enable the students at UWest to continue to enjoy affordable tuition rates.
This is a difficult time for all institutions of higher learning. Anticipated, deep budget cuts for most state universities across the country and soaring tuition rates that have characterized both private and state educational institutions in the past few years will make next year’s costs at comparable institutions particularly high. That will underscore what a "best buy" UWest is in quality higher education.
In terms of specifics, the 3% tuition increase for undergraduates will mean a $10 increase for every undergraduate unit while the 4% increase in graduate tuition will mean a $15 increase per unit for graduate courses. All fees remain unchanged.
Refurbishment of Residential Halls Planned but Room and Board Fee to Remain Unchanged
Even though UWest is planning the commitment of substantial resources to the refurbishment of the Residential Halls, room and board charges for the next academic year will remain unchanged. Every effort is being made to make the living experience at UWest as pleasant as possible.