NMT tuition increases

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New Mexico Tech will see an increase of 4 percent in tuition for the fall semester. According to Vice President for Administration and Finance Lonnie Marquez, the tuition increased for the fall semester because the cost of business utilities are up. The raise in tuituion will also benefit employee salaries. Within the last four years, employees have received a minimal 2 percent raise

“New Mexico Tech is very competitive with universities in the national average,” Marquez said. “The same numbers will adjust every year at some point.”

Even though tuition will increase, those students who are eligible for financial aid and scholarships will still have full coverage of all their tuition costs. Marquez said the student forum has been supportive of the increase and understand changes are being made to benefit the overall quality of education. Student Body President Sohaib Soliman said the increase in tuition was a good idea to prevent losing good professors to other universities with better pay.

“I was one of the people for it (tuition increase) for professors who haven’t seen raises,” Soliman said. “We have awesome professors, and to see them leave to other universities is sad.”

On March 6 there was an open meeting with the student body government officers and 10 or 12 non-officers who participated in the vote for tuition increase. According to Soliman, topics and concerns that were raised at the meeting regarding the issue of tuition increase was where tuition money was coming from, who would be getting the raises, and where the money would go in the budget.

“Tuition at Tech is very affordable, especially to anybody who is eligible for financial aid,” Soliman said. “The money is there for other students as long as they’re willing to work for it.”

According to Soliman, there are 21 voting members in the student body government. At the open meeting, 18 officers were present, 12 voted for the increase in tuition, three were against it and three abstained. Officers liked the idea of the tuition increase helping professors with their salary, but those against it want the money to come from other facets within the college, instead of from the students, Soliman said. He said when he met with New Mexico Tech President Daniel Lopez at the executive cabinet meeting in late February about the increase tuition, it was passed down to him and he drafted a resolution, held the open meeting and passed it to the senate to vote.

“If we didn’t have to do it we wouldn’t. The cost of a higher education is increasing every year,” Marquez said.

According to each university’s websites, Tech’s tuition is still lower than two other universities in the state. The cost of tuition for state residents is $2,744 a semester, and for non residents $8,179 a semester. New Mexico State University students who are state residents pay $3,256.80 and non-residents $9,770.40. For the University of New Mexico, state residents pay $7,549 a semester, and non-residents $16,954.