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The vast majority of students at the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff campus will see no tuition increase in the fall as NAU’s Pledge program enters its eighth year, and outside of Flagstaff, students will have several choices as a pathway to a degree.

“Options abound in higher education, with traditional campus settings, online and hybrid courses and branch campuses,” said NAU President John Haeger. “Northern Arizona University offers all of these and more, reaffirming our dedication to quality, affordable education.”

Public tuition discussion scheduled

Northern Arizona University will hold an interactive tuition hearing via videoconference in conjunction with the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

The NAU hearing will be conducted in Flagstaff in the Extended Campuses building, 16A, in the True Blue room, and in Yuma at Arizona Western College, Academic Complex, AC Room 111. The hearing also will be streamed online. Locations for UA and ASU are available here.

Regents also will accept comments via e-mail to the Arizona Board of Regents at tuition@azregents.edu; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax at (602) 229-2555.

While keeping tuition costs stable for undergraduate students currently on the eight-semester Pledge program, NAU is requesting setting the rate for new incoming freshman at only 2.6 percent above the 2013 class beginning in the fall.

“Once again we are able to avoid any tuition increase whatsoever for those students who are in their first four years of the Pledge program, and with all our choices, NAU continues to offer the education that students want at costs that are extremely competitive,” Haeger said.

An interactive public forum has been scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, to discuss the tuition recommendations made by the three state universities. The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on tuition at its April 3 meeting in Tucson.

If approved, total tuition and mandatory fees for an incoming resident undergraduate student in Flagstaff would be $9,989. Incoming undergraduate resident students at NAU-Yuma and NAU-Yavapai, as well as those at Extended Campus sites and in online programs, would see modest increases. For graduate students, the increase is about 4.5 percent for residents and 1.9 percent for nonresidents.

The cost of NAU’s Personalized Learning will remain the same. The innovative online program charges a flat fee of $2,500 per six-month period.

NAU also is requesting to modify some program fees. The fees are necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience by offsetting the cost of educators in high-demand professions, new equipment and software. Particularly in the health fields where NAU expanded programming without additional state investment, fees are set to move the programs toward a self-sustaining model at full program build-out in 2019. The fees requested still keep NAU competitive with other institutions offering the same programs in Arizona and the overall Southwest.

A small number of course fees also are being proposed. Fees in the teacher-preparation courses will support more comprehensive supervision of student teacher practicum and electronic portfolio development. Other course fees are related to the integration of electronic text and media into the course, replacing the need for students to purchase textbooks.

NAU’s tuition and fee proposal includes:

Flagstaff campus

  • New resident undergraduate students: $9,989 (up $251 or 2.6 percent)
  • New nonresident undergraduate students: $22,509 (up $416 or 1.9 percent)
  • Non-resident/non-pledge/non-degree: $19,365 (up $367 or 1.9 percent)
  • Non-pledge/non-degree undergraduate students: $8,025 ($211 or 2.7 percent)
  • Resident graduate students: $9,165 ($397 or 4.5 percent)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $20,249 ($387 or 1.9 percent)

NAU-Yuma

  • Resident undergraduate students: $6,902 (up $197 or 2.9 percent)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $18,754 ($367 or 2 percent)

Extended Campus sites (including online)

  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,032 ($327 or 4.9 percent)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $18,754 ($367 or 2 percent)
  • Resident graduate students: $8,554 ($397 or 4.9 percent)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $19,638 ($387 or 2 percent)

NAU-Yavapai

  • Resident undergraduate students: $5,345 ($248 or 4.9 percent)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $15,153 ($289 or 1.9 percent)

Course fees

  • Professional Education Program/Student Teaching, College of Education: $400 ($225 increase)
  • College of Arts and Letters, ART 100: $160 ($135 increase)
  • College of Health and Human Services, PES 100: $300 ($30 increase)
  • College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, BIO 181: $121 (new fee)

Undergraduate program fees (per academic year)

  • W.A. Franke College of Business: $580 ($80 increase)
  • School of Forestry: $400 (new fee)

Graduate program fees (per academic year)

  • Occupational Therapy: $11,000 (new fee)
  • Physical Therapy (Flagstaff campus): $5,000 ($2,600 increase)
  • Physical Therapy (Phoenix Biomedical Campus): $7,000 ($4,600 increase)
  • Physician Assistant: $11,000 ($2,000 increase)