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U of M Attendance Cost Will Rise Slightly for 2009-10 Academic Year University News
For release: June 19, 2009

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Overall tuition at the University of Memphis will increase this fall, but University officials have worked to keep the increase as low as possible. 

Taking into consideration all costs for tuition and fees for academic programs for all students – undergraduate and graduate – the average increase is 6%.  For undergraduates, the percentage is 5.8%; for graduate students, it is 7.1%.

A $2 fee increase for student health services is in this year’s fee schedule; it applies only to students taking six or more credit hours.

The much discussed removal of the ‘cap’ on fees per hour of coursework taken has been approved, but with minimal impact.  For undergraduates taking more than12 hours of coursework, the cost will be $11 per hour for each hour beyond 12.  For graduate students, the cost will be $17 per hour for each hour beyond 10.

After several years of study by students and administrators, including Student Government Association officers, the University will implement a new meal spending plan for all full-time freshman and sophomore students for the 2009-2010 academic year.  (This plan will be phased in for higher-level undergraduate students in future years.)  All full time-students who are classified as freshmen and sophomores based on completed credit hours will have a $300 charge placed on their accounts each fall and spring semester.  Using their regular ID cards, students may spend these funds as they wish at dining facilities or in vending machines on campus.  Unspent funds at the end of each semester will be refundable at the student’s request.  The program’s purpose is to enhance engagement and a sense of community on campus, as well as to ensure that the U of M has the best dining and vending services possible. 

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