Utah State University President Stan Albrecht announced Monday there would be no increase in tuition for students for the upcoming academic year — the first time since 2001.

The decision stems from a March 8 meeting of the USU Board of Trustees, which approved a zero to 2 percent increase in Tier II tuition — a tuition level managed by Utah’s individual institutions.

“The Trustees approved that the president/university could ask for anything between zero and 2 percent, and he (Albrecht) decided zero,” Vitale wrote in an email.

Subsequently, Albrecht canceled a Tier II public hearing at USU — required by him before a tuition increase is implemented — that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

The only increase at USU will come if a Tier 1 increase is approved by the Board of Regents — the governing board of all public colleges and universities in Utah — at its March 29 meeting, said Pam Silberman, spokeswoman for the Utah System of Higher Education.

Tier I affects all of Utah’s public colleges and universities.

For a standard credit load of 15-plus fees, an in-state Aggie currently pays $2,965.58, while an out-of-state Aggie pays $8,538.73. For the same credit load with fees, an in-state graduate student pays $3,417.42, while an out-of-state graduate pays $10,823.12.

At the same board meeting March 8, the USU Trustees approved the Student Fee Board’s recommendation to increase student fees a total of $1.20 per semester at the Logan campus.

Regional Campuses and Distance Education requested no fee increases, but USU-Eastern requested a $10 increase for both the Price and the Blanding campuses.

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