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Tuition Structure Enhancements

November 26, 2019

Dear Campus Community:

Our commitment to access and affordability is one of the highest priorities of the University of Memphis. We recognize that for many of our students, cost is the primary barrier to retention and degree completion. As a result, I am providing a reminder of the steps we have taken over the past several years to contain costs, most importantly, the implementation of a tuition cap. We have had the lowest average tuition increase in Tennessee of 1.7% over the last six years with a 0% tuition increase in two of the last six years.

Below is a summary of enhancements to our tuition structure. These changes were implemented to keep the overall cost of higher education as low as possible for our resident students while remaining competitive with our national peers. To recap, these changes include:

  • Implementation of a guaranteed tuition plan
  • Setting a tuition cap for Tennessee residents
    • for undergraduates who take more than 12 hours, additional credits are free
    • for graduate students who take more than 10 hours, additional credits are free
  • Establishment of uniform tuition rates for online and on-campus courses
  • Simplification of the student fee structure to reduce and then eliminate the online course fee over the next three years, and move to a standard per credit hour structure applicable to all courses
  • The online fee is reduced by 50% in AY2020-2021, an additional 40% in AY2021-2022, and eliminated in AY2022-2023
  • Adjusting rates for non-resident and international students to enhance our enrollment

While these were significant achievements in a short period of time, we have more work to do. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are exploring:

  • A flat per credit hour fee that provides day-one access to course materials for General Education courses at a significantly lower cost
  • At our December 4 Board of Trustees meeting, we will introduce a proposal for a new non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate for the Law School

We remain committed to access and affordability without sacrificing the quality of our academic offerings and research opportunities, so we can continue to invest in the necessary infrastructure to support our students.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd, Ph.D., ABPP
President