For release: June 19, 2009
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Overall tuition at the University of Memphis will increase this fall, but University
officials have worked to keep the increase as low as possible.
Taking into consideration all costs for tuition and fees for academic programs for
all students – undergraduate and graduate – the average increase is 6%. For undergraduates,
the percentage is 5.8%; for graduate students, it is 7.1%.
A $2 fee increase for student health services is in this year’s fee schedule; it applies
only to students taking six or more credit hours.
The much discussed removal of the ‘cap’ on fees per hour of coursework taken has been
approved, but with minimal impact. For undergraduates taking more than12 hours of
coursework, the cost will be $11 per hour for each hour beyond 12. For graduate students,
the cost will be $17 per hour for each hour beyond 10.
After several years of study by students and administrators, including Student Government
Association officers, the University will implement a new meal spending plan for all
full-time freshman and sophomore students for the 2009-2010 academic year. (This
plan will be phased in for higher-level undergraduate students in future years.)
All full time-students who are classified as freshmen and sophomores based on completed
credit hours will have a $300 charge placed on their accounts each fall and spring
semester. Using their regular ID cards, students may spend these funds as they wish
at dining facilities or in vending machines on campus. Unspent funds at the end of
each semester will be refundable at the student’s request. The program’s purpose
is to enhance engagement and a sense of community on campus, as well as to ensure
that the U of M has the best dining and vending services possible.