Henderson State Trustees Approve Tuition, Fees Hike

Henderson State University trustees approved a 3.82 percent increase to tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year at a board meeting Thursday.

The increase means undergraduate students enrolled in 30 hours will pay $7,562 next year, compared with $7,284 currently.

HSU President Glen Jones said the university's per-credit-hour cost will still be lower than most other public universities in Arkansas. Henderson State's rates for the 2014-15 year are lower than that of Arkansas State University, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. 

"We are sensitive to rising costs for our students and their families," Jones said in a news release. "When preparing this budget, we asked university leaders to be judicious in their spending and to be conservative in their requests so that we could make our funding go further.

"However, we are also working to align our budget to support a strategic plan that is increasingly focused on delivering greater student services and on enhancing our students' success in the classroom and beyond."

Jones said work was done to reallocate funding within the university, in addition to salaries for non-faculty employees making more than $100,000 being frozen. 

"In order to continue to provide the best for our students, we made the hard decision to ask for a small tuition increase," he said.

Universities across Arkansas, including four of the state's five largest, have approved higher tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year.