VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - The cost of classes may be going up at a southern Indiana college.
After several years of limiting tuition increases, Vincennes University officials are proposing a larger than normal increase in the coming school year.
V.U. officials say they need the money to meet the needs of their students in the future.
It is summer break on the Vincennes University campus and right now there may be more construction workers on the grounds than students.
Officials at V.U. are working on a tuition increase this summer that could hit students wallets in the fall.
"You're going to see that we've come forward with a little higher fee increase than normal," said V.U. Vice-President of Financial Affairs, Phil Rath. "And that's because when you have such a low fee base it's just hard to take care of the things you have to take care of."
The increase is $4.60 per credit hour this year and $5.20 for the 2014-2015 academic year.
If approved, the tuition increase will raise the cost for a full- time student around $60-70 dollars a semester.
It will also provide the university with an additional one-million for operations.
A million that officials say they need.
"We're using all of our funds to pay for teachers, facilities, and technology," explained Rath. "It seems extremely fair to us and reasonable."
Officials are quick to point out that even with higher tuition they will remain as one of the least expensive college options in the state.
"We still will be the lowest residential school in the state of Indiana," said Rath. "Choosing V.U. as an option will save you thousands, literally thousands of dollars in the first 2 years of your education."
The proposed increases still need approval from the board of trustees.
V.U. will have a public hearing on the proposed tuition increase on June 7th at 3:30 pm in the Shake Learning Resource Center on the main campus.
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