Athens State Approves Tuition Hike Of 6-To-9 Percent

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Tuition is going up! The Athens State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved a tuition increase, but Athens State remains the best educational bargain in the state. Still, the average student at Athens State is a middle aged woman with children, meaning any tuition increase hits home.

One of the largest expenses at any facility like this is labor, and the largest increase in the cost of personnel here is the result of the Affordable Care Act. Health insurance costs at Athens State have climbed by $198,000. On top of that, they've seen a declining enrollment.

Students, get ready to hash out some cash. The Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for both under-graduate and graduate students at Athens State. Graduate students will have to pay $325 per quarter hour. Under-graduate rates will climb between 6% and 9%, based on how much additional money is actually needed.

The President of Athens State, Dr. Robert K. Glenn, explained to the board, "We still have work to do to determine the exact amount and the board can empower the executive committee to review our work and approve the final result."

The trustees approved the recommendation allowing the Executive Committee to okay the final tuition increase amount at a later date, and the board will review the measure at its next quarterly meeting.

Glenn is quick to point out that Athens State remains the least expensive college in the state, even if the tuition increase reaches the full 9 percent. Still, in the midst of a declining enrollment and with ever increasing costs, he says these decisions must be weighed carefully.

"We understand that every increase, no matter how small, has a very definite impact on our students, much more so than other segments of the student population. We take it very seriously but we know we're going to have to do something because we've had a declining enrollment," Glenn explained.

Enrollment has declined for the past two years, most notably in the School of Education. While some trustees see this as a cycle that will come back around, others say they're watching for a trend to develop. Interesting to note, the largest increase in student population has been among Hispanic students.


  • Skillpot

    Okay, who around here got a “6% and 9%” raise? How about a ‘0% to 1%’ raise? So, would it not be appropriate to remove some, or all of those who voted the raise?

    • Anonymous

      Actually, the employees at Athens State only got a 1% cost of living raise while the president received a 15% raise. That was decided by the Board of Trustees. The staff and faculty at Athens State are not profiting by this tuition increase, believe me.

  • Nuclear Mike

    They are pricing everyone out of attending college they can in order to satisfy their need to ensure their retirement pay remains at 100%…a very short sighted plan with long term negative consequences for norht Alabama…

  • Me

    People need to understand that an increase in costs for consumers is inevitable thanks to Obama care. When a company has to pay more to insure people it has to make up for that added expense in someway and the harsh reality is that more often than not we the consumers will be responsible for paying.

    • Saved

      That is true about everything. When the government paves a road in Birmingham, we all pay for it. We do this because letting them pave their roads means that we also can pave our roads using the taxes collected in Birmingham. No one location in Alabama can pave their roads only on what they collect locally! I do not personally benefit and have to pay more in taxes to give “incentives” to big corporations like Bass Pro Shops, but that is ok because we all benefit. Making sure that more of our fellow Americans can enjoy health insurance means that some have to pay more. People with pre-existing conditions will no longer be thrown to the curb and be denied help! Now that there are no more lifetime caps, people will not be forced into bankruptcy due to medical bills! We live as a group (society). If you are only concerned with what you individually pay, you are just being selfish and self-centered.

      Jesus taught us to be concerned with each other and to help make life better for everyone. Jesus would not deny anyone just because it would cost I’m personally more money. He gave the ultimate gift to ALL humanity on the cross. He did not do that for personal gain. Many people around here call themselves followers of Jesus, but only want what is best for themselves — and could care less about others.

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