In preparation for its opening in fall 2010, the University of North Texas at Dallas has established its own tuition and fee structure, separate from the structure currently in place and devised by the UNT System flagship, the University of North Texas.
UNT Dallas administrators presented the plan to the UNT System Board of Regents during their quarterly meeting Feb. 11 on the campus of UNT Dallas. The Board unanimously approved the plan.
Wayne Usry, executive director of finance and administration, worked with the Dallas-based Azimuth Group to examine the tuition and fee structures of seven other public universities in the North Texas region. Usry said the result was a tuition model that keeps costs low by eliminating mandatory fees that cost as much as $725 per semester.
Photo, above: Usry holds a public hearing at UNT Dallas Feb. 2 to discuss the tuition proposal with students, faculty and staff. The response was generally positive, he said.
“We had three objectives when we worked through this model. The first was to be simple and transparent in the process. Secondly, we wanted to generate sufficient revenue to provide for operations and financial aid through scholarships, and third, we wanted to make sure it was a competitive tuition rate for our market,” Usry said.
The UNT Dallas recommendation calls for establishing tuition at $155 per credit hour in fiscal year 2011 and $160 per credit hour in fiscal year 2012. Course fees, currently averaging $200 per semester, will be eliminated under the plan as will $725 in mandatory fees per semester. Students will still pay a $10 per credit hour student services fee and a $100 annual parking fee if they wish to park on campus.
According to Usry, the academic cost of attending UNT Dallas per semester for 15 credit hours at the undergraduate level will be $3,225 in the fall semester of 2010, up from $3,033 in the fall semester of 2009. Tuition will be $3,300 for 15 credit hours in the fall semester of 2011. As a result, the total cost of attending UNT Dallas will be cheaper than other public universities in Dallas-Fort Worth.
“This tuition and fee structure positions UNT Dallas in such a way that we will be able to fund operations as we grow over the next 10-15 years into a well-established comprehensive university,” Usry said.