ST.GEORGE – Tuition rates will rise at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University this fall, increasing the cost of a higher education for students.
The approved 2016-17 tuition increase is 3.5 percent at Southern Utah University and 5 percent at Dixie State University. Undergraduate tuition for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters at SUU will increase $196 from $5,578 to $5,774, while undergraduate tuition for the same two semesters at Dixie State will increase $195 from $3,908 to $4,103.
The Utah State Board of Regents approved an average system wide tuition increase of 3.7 percent for the 2016-17 academic year — the second lowest average increase since 1999 — at a meeting Friday at Dixie State University. The increase is 3.5 percent at six of Utah’s eight higher education institutions.
Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler said, “Students are our highest concern. We want to keep tuition as low as possible while providing them a high-quality education. The Board of Regents and institutional presidents have worked hard to ensure the cost of college remains affordable so that the dream of a college education remains accessible to all Utahns.”
The tuition rates at Utah’s public colleges and universities are among the lowest in the Western region. In fact, Utah has the third-lowest average tuition rates for public universities in the nation.
One of the primary roles of the Board of Regents is to set the tuition rate for all eight public colleges and universities in Utah. This low increase is in keeping with the Board’s strategic objectives (adopted in 2015) of “Affordable Participation” and “Timely Completion,” as finances are often a reason students delay or do not complete their higher education.
The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is governed by the Board of Regents and is comprised of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. The CEO of USHE is the Commissioner of Higher Education. For more information, visit higheredutah.org.