A&M students will see an increase in mandatory fees next fall

POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:11pm

COLLEGE STATION -- As if college isn't already expensive enough, the Texas A&M board of regents met today to increase tuition at ten of their campuses.

And while the flagship campus in College Station isn't affected, students there are still feeling the pinch.

After a two day board of regents meeting, ten of the A&M System's campuses announced they're raising tuition fees next fall.

And while President Loftin opted to not increase A&M's tuition in College Station, mandatory student fees will go up.

Freshman Eliot Griggs said, "I'm not a big fan of them raising fees personally just because I have had to pay out of my own pocket and savings account."

Which also has sophomore Kathryn Kalman worried especially since she pays for her own education too.

"It may not seem like a lot if you're only increasing it a couple of hundred dollars a semester or over the course of a year but it really does add up to a lot of money."

The fees next fall will increase by around $45 a semester, which will go toward the "student success fee" proposed by Loftin, so not every student is against the idea.

"I think that Loftin is definitely on our side," said freshman Alexis Brown. "He's always been on the student's side for a lot of issues and I think by raising our student fees, he's just trying to protect us."

The "success fee" will go towards things like enhancing undergraduate research and student retention rates.

While Kalman says those things are important she's still worried about other increases she may see down the line.

"They might just increase it more or just pull the plug and end up increasing tuition, which would just be awful."

The University says the increase will generate anywhere from 12 million to $16 million a year.

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