In an email sent to the student body, NAU President Rita Cheng announced the university will not increase tuition for undergraduate students.
In addition, NAU will continue to implement the four-year Pledge tuition guarantee for undergraduate students on the Flagstaff campus. The Pledge program is currently in its 13th year and holds the rate consistent for a second tuition setting cycle at $11,896 for total tuition and mandatory fees for incoming resident undergraduate students on the Flagstaff campus, according to the email.
Cheng said the decision to keep undergraduate tuition the same is a part of NAU’s mission of increasing attainment of undergraduate students in the state.
“Our proposal places a high priority on NAU's mission of student access and success and the state's goals of increasing postsecondary attainment,” Cheng said. “NAU is a critical partner in guaranteeing Arizona has the talent pipeline to succeed in the state's new economy. As a result of the governor's proposed state investment in higher education this year, which will support key program expansion at NAU to meet Arizona's workforce needs, our 2021-2022 tuition and fee recommendation is modest and consistent with discussions on the ongoing impact the pandemic has had on our students.”
However, the university is proposing an 4.45% increase in the 2021-22 residence hall rates to reflect changes, which includes simplifying the rate structure from 17 rates to five rates, reducing unit capacity from three students to two and rolling the cost of laundry into rent costs. Moreover, NAU is proposing a 2% increase in 2021-22 meals plans to reflect the elevated minimum wage instituted by the city of Flagstaff and rising regional and national inflationary increases in food costs.
Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) will be holding a tuition hearing in conjunction with NAU, ASU and UArizona from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. April 6. The hearing will be streamed through ABOR Live.