The tuition and student fees Dixie State University students pay are the cheapest in the state of Utah. The Board of Trustees voted March 5 to increase tuition by 5%, which includes the absorption of eight student fee organizations. Photo by Breanna Biorato.
A 5% tuition increase was voted through the Dixie State University Board of Trustees March 5 that will now move to the State Board of Higher Education for approval.
The 5% increase will start in the fall semester of 2021 with tuition absorbing eight student fees. The Student Fee Advisory Board proposed a 5% decrease in student fees for the 2021-2022 school year, which the DSU Board of Trustees voted to accept.
The following student fees will be absorbed into tuition costs:
- IT Support
- Testing Center
- Tutoring Center
- Radio and Broadcast Advertising
- Fine Arts (Half is moving to tuition)
- Writing Center
- Dixie Sun News
- Automated External Defibrillator
David Clark, chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “It’s not very often we get to vote on a decrease overall in fee structure. I realize some of it has moved, [but] it’s still a decrease.”
The 5% increase would be used for the following:
- Full-time base compensation: 3% salary increase and health insurance (1.29%)
- Risk management insurance premium increase (.14%)
- Academic and administrative student fees added (1.2%)
- Faculty rank advancements (.57%)
- Part-time faculty and staff hourly wage increase (1.30%)
- Public relations increase (.5%)
“DSU is the least expensive when you are looking at tuition and fees, regardless of these increases,” said Paul Morris, vice president of administrative affairs.