Northern Arizona University proposal protects tuition Pledge, streamlines fees

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Northern Arizona University’s proposed tuition and mandatory fees for the 2016-17 academic year maintain the Pledge guaranteed tuition program, resulting in no tuition increase for 96 percent of continuing undergraduate students on the Flagstaff campus.

“We hold true to our commitment to educate, discover and serve, even in the face of funding challenges,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “NAU is mindful of the costs for students and families and is focused on continuing to provide high quality education for all Arizonans, preparing graduates with the skills they need to enter high demand fields and contribute to the state’s evolving workforce.”

Fall tuition for incoming undergraduates, all graduate students and students in NAU Extended Campuses programs includes a moderate increase. NAU also proposes an initiative related to fees that will move toward greater consistency among academic programs where appropriate, provide increased transparency for students and maintain and enhance programs with experiential learning components.

If approved, total tuition and mandatory fees for incoming resident undergraduate students starting on the Flagstaff campus in the fall of 2016 would be $10,764, with the base tuition guaranteed for four years.

NAU offers a variety of ways to pursue an education through delivery models at lower tuition rates including community college partnerships and programs at Extended Campuses sites including NAU-Yuma and NAU-Yavapai, online programs and a competency-based Personalized Learning program.

“Individual student success is a hallmark of NAU and we will continue to prioritize student support services, outstanding academic programming and experiential learning opportunities that develop high quality graduates ready to innovate and lead in Arizona’s economy,” Cheng said.

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 29.

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; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax at (602) 229-2555.

Under the first phase of NAU’s initiative to review and restructure fees, approximately 300 course fees will be eliminated, including many related to supporting information technology needs in different departments. A proposed increase to the mandatory IT fee will standardize technology in all classrooms, increase tech support for students, improve management of facility space and boost data security initiatives.

Fees are proposed for select academic programs that include clinical rotations and field work in order to maintain high quality experiential learning opportunities and move programs toward self-sustaining models.

The university also is assessing, and in some cases eliminating, course fees to implement a program fee model that standardizes support and services, specifically in fields that include an experiential learning component or outside vendor resources. This initiative will enhance transparency and simplify costs for students and their families.

The Arizona Board of Regents will consider all three universities’ tuition and fee proposals at their regular meeting Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, at the University of Arizona. NAU’s tuition proposal including mandatory fees:

Flagstaff campus

  • New resident undergraduate students: $10,764
  • New nonresident undergraduate students: $24,144
  • Resident graduate students: $9,989 ($383 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,976 ($732 increase)
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Program students: $15,637 ($548 increase)


  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,508 ($330 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $20,410 ($706 increase)

Extended Campus sites (including online)

  • Resident undergraduate students: $7,647 ($333 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $20,411 ($705 increase)
  • Resident graduate students: $9,379 ($383 increase)
  • Nonresident graduate students: $21,366 ($732 increase)

Personalized Learning 

  • Personalized Learning: $3,000/six-month period ($500 increase)


  • Resident undergraduate students: $5,843 ($281 increase)
  • Nonresident undergraduate students: $16,516 ($592 increase)

Mandatory fees

  • Information Technology Fee: $14 per credit hour up to 24 credits per year ($5/credit hour increase)

Undergraduate program fees

  • Geology: $700/semester for three semesters (replaces up to $1,820 in course fees)
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management: $290/semester beginning the first semester of junior year (replaces up to $750 in course fees)
  • Nursing Accelerated Program – Post-baccalaureate: $800/semester for three semesters ($267/semester increase, replaces $300 in course fees)
  • Nursing: $600/semester for four semesters ($200/semester increase, replaces $600 in course fees)
  • Nursing RN to BSN: $10/credit hour (replaces $150 in course fees)

Graduate program fees 


  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Speech – Language Pathology: $40/credit hour ($10/credit hour increase)
  • Global Business Administration at Yuma: $6,000 for new program at NAU-Yuma (total program fee divided among four core courses)
  • Public Administration: $1,500 (total program fee divided among five core courses)
  • Physician Assistant Program: Increase to $14,000/year ($1000/year increase)
  • Nursing and post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase, replaces $265 in course fees)


  • Nursing Practice: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase)

Course Fees

The course fees proposed below require outside vendors to provide course material, equipment or experience. NAU is offering the following elective programs based on student interest. Students who choose to participate will cover the full cost of the program.

  • Route Setting for Gym Climbing: $180 (new fee)
  • Intro to Bouldering: Increase to $180 ($80 increase)
  • Intermediate Bouldering: Increase to $180 ($80 increase)