NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University's Board of Governors on Wednesday approved a 2.2 percent increase in tuition, fees and room and board charges for in-state undergraduates. It also approved increases in out-of-state tuition.
In-state tuition will rise from $10,104 to $10,356 this fall, while out-of-state tuition will rise from $22,766 to $23,676. Students in some schools, though, will pay more.
Student fees will rise from $2,651 to $2,717, and average room and board costs will rise from $10,764 to $10,970.
The vote came after several students told the board they are already struggling to pay tuition and other fees. They had urged the board to impose a tuition freeze instead of an increase.
Board chairman Ralph Izzo said this is the second straight year in-state tuition charges will increase either at or below the rate of inflation. Izzo said tuition increases are primarily driven by salaries.
Rutgers will collect an additional $30.7 million through tuition and fees in the 2013 fiscal year. Instruction costs are set to rise by $20.1 million, while administration and student services costs will climb about $13 million.
The board also set aside an additional $2.4 million for student financial aid, bringing the total to $27.5 million. State aid remains virtually unchanged, at $262 million, and the overall Rutgers budget is $2.2 billion.
Full-time enrollment at Rutgers has risen about 25 percent since 2000.
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