U of M Flint raising tuition for undergrad, graduate students
FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) - After two years of freezing tuition because of the pandemic, the University of Michigan-Flint is raising its tuition for undergraduate and graduate students.
School officials said tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students will increase by 4.9 percent for the upcoming school year, raising the total amount to $6,762 per term for the most common lower division rate. Graduate tuition and fees will increase by 4.5 percent.
Anyone living in certain on-campus sites will also see an increase in costs for room and board. The board of regents approved UM-Flint’s housing and meal plan rate increases. Students in Riverfront and First Street residence halls will see a 5 percent increase in room rates, and students required to have a meal plan will see a 2 percent increase to the cost of meal plans.
Costs to live in the First Street Residence Hall, including the meal plan, will start at $9,823. Students living in the Riverfront Residence Hall will see a minimum of $6,611 for costs for the academic year. Riverfront Residence Hall does not require a meal plan.
Despite the increases, UM-Flint still remains one of the lowest in costs compared to the 15 public universities in Michigan, the school said.
“This increase enables u of m flint to maintain, improve and offer new services to our students that we’re finding as we emerge from this pandemic are more important than ever” said Interim Vice-Provost of Enrollment Management & Director of Financial Aid Lori Vedder.
Vedder said even with the increase tuition the university still remains competitive compared to other universities across the state.
“We have been able to with the efforts of everyone from across campus, reduce administrative expenses, and in doing so we’ve been able to increase financial aid to help lower the overall cost of education,” Vedder said.
The rates were updated to account for projected increases in operating costs.
The increase will help to bring new programs like the accelerated online degree completion program to students.
“We have designed a program that’s been offered fully online. With the busy working adult in mind, it helps to meet this population where they’re at. It will offer skills that are in demand with area employers,” Vedder said.
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