WMU board votes to increase tuition by about 3%

Kalamazoo County

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has voted to increase its tuition by about 3% for the next academic school year.

The 3.2% increase of tuition — and required fees — is lower than a tuition-increase restraint cap proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature, WMU said in a Thursday release.

That proposal would ask public universities to keep tuition increases to no more than 4.2% or $590, whichever is greater.

WMU said annual tuition for a freshmen who is a full-time state resident will be $13,434 this fall, up by $417 from this last year.

Room and board for the residence halls is increasing by 3% but campus apartment rates will remain unchanged.

The trustees say the increase this year is needed to keep up with growing operating costs and they can no longer hold off on the higher rate.

Treasurer Jan Van Der Kley says the rate increase is the first in two years for undergraduate full-time students.

“Last year WMU elected not to increase tuition being very concerned about the impact of COVID on our students and families. We were one of very few public universities that made that decision,” Van Der Kley said.

Western also announced this week that starting July 6 masks will not be required for vaccinated students, faculty, and staff. There are some exemptions to the rules.

Vaccination will be verified by the campus health center and indicated on an ID badge.

The board also adopted a $379 million operating budget for the fiscal year starting on July 1.

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