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2008-2010 TUITION & FEE PROPOSAL. Presentation to the University Community. UTSA 2008 – 2010 Tuition & Fee Committee. Robert Allums, Graduate Student, College of Public Policy Matthew DeLeon, Student, Student Government Association

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2008 2010 tuition fee proposal


Presentation to the

University Community

utsa 2008 2010 tuition fee committee
UTSA 2008 – 2010 Tuition & Fee Committee

Robert Allums, Graduate Student, College of Public Policy

Matthew DeLeon, Student, Student Government Association

Ashleigh Ervin, Graduate Student, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Dr. Keith Fairchild, Associate Professor, Department of Finance

Christina Gomez, Student, Student Government Association

Corey Green, Student, College of Engineering

Sara Hohne, Graduate Student, College of Business

Joseph Hopkins, Student, College of Business

Dr. Victoria Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing

David C. Matiella, Graduate Student, College of Architecture

Yelena Nevel, Student, College of Sciences

Briana Rogler-Brown, Student, Honors College

Dr. Mehdi Shadaram, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Paula Salas, Student, College of Education and Human Development

Shannon Simmons, Student, College of Education and Human Development

John Schieferle Uhlenbrock, Student, College of Engineering

Tommy Thompson, Student, Student Government Association

Raheel Veerani, Student, College of Sciences

Nicole White, Student, Honors College

Ayeza Zafar, Graduate Student, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

tuition fee proposal development the committee met to review
Tuition & Fee Proposal DevelopmentThe committee met to review:
  • Cost proposals for all fee rate changes and for new fees requested.
  • UTSA operating budget resources, requirements for the current fiscal year, FY 09 and FY 10 – 2 yrs covered by the proposal.
  • Enrollment management, projected SCH and potential impacts from the changes in admissions standards and revenue.
  • Details about financial aid from designated tuition set aside requirements as well as other federal, state and university programs.
tuition fee structure
Tuition & Fee Structure

Three components:

  • Tuition:Statutory (rate set by state) & Designated (rate set by UT Board of Regents)
  • Mandatory Fees:required to be paid by all students unless exempted by law or authorized waiver
  • Incidental Fees:paid on a per use or per circumstance basis.

Excludes textbooks, housing, parking, dining, etc.

    • Course & Lab fees– paid by students enrolled in a particular course or lab for which a fee has been approved.
    • College fees– paid by students enrolled in a degree program within a particular college for which a special fee has been approved (e.g. Advising; Technology support)
    • Optional– paid by any student or public for opting to use a particular good or service (e.g. Testing fees; Application fees; Transcript request fees.)
proposed incidental fee rate changes
Proposed Incidental Fee Rate Changes
  • College Fees:
    • 1 New Fee
    • 1 Fee Increase
    • 1 Fee Justification & Name Change
  • Optional Fees:
    • 1 New Fee
    • 1 Fee Increase
    • 1 Policy Change & New Fee
college fees
College Fees
  • 1 New Fee: College of Architecture will charge $5 per SCH for Resource & Technical Support. Will generate ~$80K to cover personnel, software & equipment for instructional computer lab & graduate studio.
  • 1 Fee Increase: College of Engineering will increase the existing Resource & Technical Support fee from $5 per SCH to $10 per SCH.

Will generate ~$105K additional revenue to extend hours, update software & equipment, improve frequency of calibration / repairs.

  • 1 Fee Justification & Name Change: College of Business will retitle the Business International fee to Global Business Skills fee to comply with UT System requirements.

Revenue neutral – justification change disallows use of this fee for individual study abroad. Fee will continue to cover administrative costs and enhanced program development making practicum and local international opportunities available to more business students.

optional fees
Optional Fees
  • 1 New Fee: $10 Swipe Key Card Replacement when cards are lost by parents with children at UTSA Child Development Center.
  • 1 Fee Increase: Returned Check Charge for NSF checks will go from $15 to $25.
  • 1 Policy Change: Orientation program that currently charges $150 per attendee – assessed at the time Fall tuition payments are due, will require $50 non-refundable pre-payment to cover meals & ‘sunk costs’. This allows us to collect from individuals who do not to enroll at UTSA (and are then not billed). Students who miss the in-person orientation will be charged $55 for an online make-up alternative.
proposed mandatory fee changes
Proposed Mandatory Fee Changes

3 Fee Increases:

  • 2 resulting from Student Referenda: Athletics & University Center fees
  • 1 recommended by student committee / supported by the T&F committee: Medical Services fee

1 New Fee:

  • from Student Referendum: Transportation Fee

1 Fee Elimination:

  • Energy Fee – revenue requirements to pay utilities will be rolled into designated tuition or be covered from state appropriations as funding is made available.
Spring 2003 University Center Referendum:

Students voted February 3-6, 2003, via an online election to expand

the University Center (UC). The original building was completed in

1986 with 97,000 sqft added in 1996. Despite the increase, the UC

can not keep up with current space requirements. A provision of the

referendum was to defer fee assessment until the $33.3M facility

expansion is completed and occupied next Fall 2008.

  • 2,962 votes were cast – 59.25% voted for the fee increase and 40.75% were against.

FY 09: $10 per Semester Credit Hr (min fee = $40/sem max fee = $120/sem)

FY 10: $10 per Semester Credit Hr (min fee = $40/sem max fee = $120/sem)

Fall 2007 Athletic Referendum:

Students voted Sept. 11-12 during an online election sponsored by

the UTSA Student Government Association. The student referendum

authorizes athletics fees to increase from a maximum of $120 per

semester to a maximum of $240. If approved by the UT System

Board of Regents, the increases would provide additional support for

all of UTSA's existing 16 Division I sports programs.

  • 4,602 of 28,688 total students voted – of those, 65.9% voted for the increase and 34.1% were opposed.

FY 09: $1 per Semester Credit Hr (max per semester fee = $132)

FY 10: $2 per Semester Credit Hr (max per semester fee = $156)

medical services fee
Medical Services Fee

Current Rate $25.85 per student per semester

Proposed Rate Est. Incremental Revenue

FY09 $28.40 $ 67K

FY10 $31.20 $172K

Funds will be used to cover:

  • General inflationary cost increases (merit, benefits, supplies/services)
  • Student demand for services (extended hours & staffing)
  • New programs and requirements (increased debt service, equipment replacement)
Fall 2007 Transportation Services Referendum:

Students voted October 9-10, via an online election to add a Transportation fee in Fall 2008 pending Board of Regents’ approval. The initiative, Hop on Board, was sponsored by Students for Transportation Reform. According to the SGA constitution, 3% of UTSA students must sign a petition on a particular issue to establish a vote.

The initiative was publicized through forums, Facebook, signs at campus entrances, fliers and Lonestar student e-mails, The Paisano (student newspaper), San Antonio Express-News and UTSA Today.

  • 3,889 of 28,688 total students voted – of those, 53% voted for establishment of the new fee and 47% were against.

FY 09: $20 per student per semester for Fall and Spring only

FY 10: $20 per student per semester for Fall and Spring only

energy fee
Energy Fee

Current Rate $35 per student per semester

Proposed Rate

FY09 $0

FY10 $0

  • The UT System recommends rolling the revenue requirements to meet utility costs not covered from other institutional funds into the designated tuition fee rate.
    • Allows a portion to be set aside for financial aid.
    • To be revenue neutral – requires $2.26 M in FY 09
fy 2009 budget planning
FY 2009 Budget Planning
  • Designated tuition is the only new discretionary funding source in the 2nd year of the Biennium – next fiscal year.

President Romo and the CMO have made recommendations to fund

allocations for:

      • Mandatory Costs:
        • Required Financial Aid Set-aside
        • Debt Service increases
        • E&G Space Support / Utilities for new facility openings
      • Faculty & Staff Merit Pool based on 3% of total E&G Salaries
      • Faculty Promotion/Tenure + Staff Equity Pool
      • New Faculty & associated benefits not paid by state
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FY 2009 Budget Planning
  • Modeling the impact of new Admissions’ criteria on tuition revenue is a challenge.
    • Planning for an enrollment loss from FY 2008 base budget requirements of <0.5%>
    • Summer is our trailing semester & has steadily declined. Will this trend continue?
      • Elasticity of demand - as tuition & fee rates continue to increase, students seek alternatives to adding a course in the summer.
fy 2009 revenue requirements
FY 2009 Revenue Requirements

Funding Item Est. Increment Required

Financial Aid Set-aside $1,760,430

Debt Service 112,759

Utility Costs (replace fee) 2,259,300

E&G Space Support 787,334

3% Merit Package 3,170,000

Faculty Promotion 250,000

Staff Equity Pool 200,000

New Faculty, Staff, M&O 1,500,000

Benefits 540,000


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FY 2009 Revenue Requirements

Total Required $10,579,823


Prior Year Unallocated Base <979,823>

Net Required 9,600,000

Base SCH for FY 2009 640,000

Proposed Designated Tuition Rate $ 116 / SCH

fy 2010 funding requirements
FY 2010 Funding Requirements

Strategic Issues:

  • Enrollment – 1 year after change in Admissions’ standards? Increase? Flat?
  • New Faculty – additional T/TT needed to become a premier research intensive university
  • New Staff – to support workload & enrollment growth
  • M&O Increases – to support faculty & staffing increases
  • Utility/New Facilities
  • Other Strategic Requirements
  • Amount of new State Appropriation – FY10 is the first year of the new biennium.
    • Revenues at the state level available?
      • How much formula funding will be available and will the increase to UTSA be consistent with past years and commensurate with facility additions and enrollment growth?
    • Other issues at the legislative level?
      • Overall state revenue – special item funding sustained for Research Development, TRB’s, etc.
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FY 2010 Funding Requirements

Planning Assumptions:

  • UTSA will obtain the same level of appropriation increase in FY 2010 as in FY 2008.
  • Enrollment will regain the loss anticipated in 08-09 from enhanced student recruitment and CC transfers.
  • Mix of paying Graduate students and Undergraduate students will be consistent.
utsa s reliance on non tenure track faculty
UTSA’s Reliance on Non Tenure Track Faculty

A major resource issue attributed to insufficient funding – our reliance on non-tenure track faculty is too high if we want to achieve premier research status, improve quality and meet accreditation standards.

utsa sfr faculty counts
UTSA SFR & Faculty Counts

Fall Semester SFR # Faculty / % Incr FTE Students / % Incr

2006 (FY07) 23.16 1,197 4.6% 21,473 4.7%

2005 (FY06) 22.76 1,144 4.1% 20,501 4.8%

2004 (FY05) 24.65 1,099 13.4% 19,565 6.8%

2003 (FY04) 22.43 969 2.9% 18,316 14.5%

2002 (FY03) 23.59 942 NAV 16,002 NAV

Overall Increase in Total # of Faculty = 27.1%

Overall Increase in FTE Students = 34.2%

Only 556 are T/TT (46.4%) a net increase of 7 Faculty over 2005

Source: CB8 Report & UTSA Fact Book – All data is as of Fall

fy 2010 recommended designated tuition increase
FY 2010 Recommended Designated Tuition Increase
  • Assuming state funding levels consistent with FY 2008, $128 / SCH will generate $8.32M to fund:
    • Financial Aid $1,541,622
    • 3% Merit 3,450,000
    • Faculty Promotions 250,000
    • New Faculty (40-45?) 3,000,000
    • Strategic Initiatives 78,378

(add to State Appropriations for other needs)

proposed tuition mandatory fees
Proposed Tuition & Mandatory Fees

Average for a Full Time = 15 SCH per Semester Student