Colorado Mesa University will keep tuition and other fees at the same level for the upcoming academic year, university trustees decided.
The trustees voted to approve a budget that includes no increases in tuition or charges for room and board.
“The natural impulse for universities facing their own budget difficulties is to raise tuition and fees to cover shortfalls. I asked the trustees to join me in not moving in that direction and am pleased they agreed,” CMU President Tim Foster stated in an email. “You might wonder how or why CMU would choose to not raise tuition or fees when eroding economic conditions indicate all institutions will face significant financial challenges in the coming years. The answer to this question is found in the students we serve.”
Trustee Kelly Brough agreed. “What makes Colorado Mesa University an incredible institution is that every single decision made by CMU is based on what is best for our students. The budget that has been presented to us today and in particular the decision not to raise tuition or room and board for the next year reinforces what I call our North Star principle of always placing students first.”
Trustee Daniel Ramos said it’s important to keep CMU affordable, especially for students who could be challenged to return in the fall. “I want to applaud CMU for their creativity and for making tough decisions that maintain the integrity of the university. I am really excited to vote yes for this budget and make sure we can continue to provide access for our students.”
Trustee Alison Griffin said students bear the burden of increasing tuition and fees, including low-income and first-generation students. “This is a difficult and bold decision. But not raising tuition is in the best in interest of our students, and the CMU approach to alternative cost savings could be a model for other institutions in the state or in the region,” Griffin said.
Foster said plans are underway to modify operations and identify cost savings, but measures shouldn’t be implemented at the expense of students at a time when families face stress and financial hardships. “The trustees reinforced their role as statewide leaders today,” he said. “They understand a quality education has no value if those students we serve can’t afford it. I’m glad the trustees took this action even as many others throughout the nation are pressured to increase tuition to fill shortfalls.”