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Feedback sought on proposal for School of Engineering differential tuition increase for undergraduates

September 15, 2022 - by Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is seeking feedback on a proposal to increase the differential tuition for undergraduates registered under a School of Engineering degree program code. If approved, the increase would be implemented starting in fall 2023.

Nearly all undergraduate programs at UNM charge differential tuition. Currently, the School’s differential tuition is set at $15.80 per credit hour. The School is proposing an increase of $10 per credit hour for a total differential tuition of $25.80 per credit hour.

The School of Engineering first began implementing differential tuition in 2015. The rate has remained unchanged since then, yet costs have continued to rise even faster than tuition increases, especially the costs of laboratory equipment and software, which are essential to a modern and high-quality engineering education, said Christos Christodoulou, Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing.

He points out that increased resources are needed now especially, as the School will have an ABET accreditation visit in fall 2023, and this will help us demonstrate to evaluators that we have the resources needed for accreditation in all six of our academic departments. The UNM School of Engineering has been accredited by ABET since 1936.

UNM is the only university in New Mexico that is designated as an R1, which is a designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reserved for doctoral universities with very high levels of research activity.

The revenues generated from differential tuition are distributed by the dean to each department in proportion to enrollment. All of the tuition paid by UNM Engineering students goes back to the School to help pay for expenses such as teaching assistants in classes and labs, undergraduate advising, the enhancement of student services like tutoring and extra programming, and even may be used to subsidize costs for textbooks and other required materials for students.

The documents linked below provide additional information about the rationale for differential tuition, the School of Engineering draft proposal and a comparison of UNM tuition to that at our peer institutions.

Earlier this month, School of Engineering leadership presented the proposal to the Engineering Student Council for feedback. Feedback is being sought from undergraduates for 30 days. The proposal will require approval from the UNM provost and executive vice president for academic affairs as well as the UNM Board of Regents.