ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After two and a half semesters of online learning, the University of New Mexico could welcome students back in the fall with a tuition hike. On Tuesday, regents discussed the proposed increase and why they say the school needs the extra money. It’s been a tough year for students at UNM and those struggles could continue with the university considering raising tuition by 2.2% for most students.
“We need minimal predictable tuition increases to provide much-needed resources to help maintain the quality of our program while providing additional student aid to maintain accessibility,” said Norma Allen, Director of UNM Budget Operations.
University officials said the tuition hike would bring in $2.3 million and would also help pay for things like compensation increases and maintaining campus facilities. They also said that if they don’t implement these slight increases now, they might have to implement even larger increases in the coming years.
The tuition and fee bump would amount to an extra $270 a year for full-time, in-state undergrads. As you can imagine, students aren’t too thrilled with the idea of a tuition hike after they’ve spent the past year learning online instead of getting a real college experience.
“It’s definitely not like it was in-person so to have a tuition hike like that, at a time like this when you’re not receiving the most optimal education, kind of just shoots yourself in the foot almost,” said Sebastien Moulton.
As far as tuition for out-of-state students, the university is proposing a five percent increase for them. These tuition hikes aren’t official yet, the regents plan on making a final decision next month. UNM plans on having this fall semester in-person, with masks and social distancing unless the state’s restrictions are loosened before then.