BOV Increases 2006-07 Tuition and Fees, Room and Board Rates

Posted: May 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

In its final regular meeting of the year, George Mason University’s Board of Visitors voted unanimously yesterday to raise tuition and fees and room and board rates for in-state, undergraduate students by 6.5 percent for the upcoming 2006-07 academic year. This increase represents a hike from $12,360 to $13,158.

Overall, this increase is among the smallest of Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. Only Norfolk State University (5.9 percent), Virginia Commonwealth University (5.3 percent) and James Madison University (5.2 percent) have approved smaller hikes for the next fiscal year.

Regarding tuition and fees only, following is a breakdown of the annual increases for Mason students:

  • For in-state undergraduate students: $5,880 to $6,408 (9 percent)
  • For in-state graduate students: $6,768 to $7,380 (9 percent)
  • For out-of-state students: $17,160 to $18,552 (8.1 percent)
  • For in-state law students – $12,936 to $15,274 (18.1 percent)
  • For out-of-state law students: $24,500 to $26,502 (8.2 percent)

As part of setting tuition and fees and room and board rates for the upcoming academic year, the BOV also approved the university’s overall budget. The educational and general budget for 2006-07 was set at $316.4 million, a 9.1 percent increase over the current budget. Included in this package are the following salary adjustments or increases for Mason employees: 5 percent for full-time faculty; and 4 percent for part-time faculty, graduate assistants, administrative faculty and classified employees.

Mason’s projected student enrollment for next year is 30,100, a slight increase over its current total of 29,728.

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