The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees approved tuition and fee changes as part of a $170.4 million balanced operating budget at ATU for the 2021-22 fiscal year during a meeting at Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room on Thursday, May 20.
Included in the budget is a 3 percent tuition increase for students on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. In-state undergraduate tuition will increase from $232 per student semester credit hour (SSCH) in 2020-21 to $239 per SSCH in 2021-22. In-state graduate and doctoral tuition will increase from $292 per SSCH in 2020-21 to $300.75 per SSCH in 2021-22.
In-state tuition on the Ozark campus of ATU will increase 2.3 percent from $129 per SSCH in 2020-21 to $132 per SSCH in 2021-22.
ATU students on the Russellville and Ozark campuses who are not residents of Arkansas and do not qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver will continue to be charged a tuition rate that is two times the rate for in-state students.
“Our focus each year during the budgeting process is maintaining affordability for our students while simultaneously ensuring that our university has the resources necessary to provide students with high-quality programs and services,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “After holding tuition rates steady two of the last three years, it was necessary to ask our trustees for an increase for fiscal year 2021-22. Every effort was made to keep the increase as modest as possible, and as we look forward to a full return to campus engagement we are excited about the opportunities for academic and personal growth that will exist for Arkansas Tech students during the 2021-22 academic year.”
Undergraduate and graduate mandatory fees at ATU in Russellville will also increase 3 percent, moving from $87.50 per SSCH to $90.15 per SSCH. Mandatory fees at ATU-Ozark Campus will increase from $54 per SSCH to $56 per SSCH, a 3.7 percent increase.