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    Utah State University-Moab student Ruby Woodruff has graduated, but most students who are attending or will attend the Moab campus will pay far less for tuition, thanks to a dramatic reduction in fees. Photo courtesy of USU

    Utah State University has announced tuition changes for students attending the Moab campus, along with changes to the university’s Career and Technical Education tuition, according to Marketing Manager Loren Miller.

    Beginning with the summer 2020 semester, tuition for students with 65 or fewer credits will be greatly reduced. For example, resident students who have earned 65 or fewer earned credits have a reduced tuition rate of $1,820.64 for fulltime (12-18 credits) and $910.32 for part-time with six credits. By comparison, resident students with more than 65 credits will remain at the previous full-time tuition rate of $3,365.95.

    In prior semesters, students would be charged, regardless of earned credits, by the amount of credits they were registered for. The tuition changes result in a more affordable cost for students and aim to incentivize completion of associate degrees along the path to bachelor’s degree attainment, officials said in a press release.

    This change will nearly cut the cost of an associate degree (60 credits) from USU in half. The cost of tuition for an associate degree at USU Moab will drop from $14,548 to $7,283.

    “I want to thank USU President Noelle Cockett and the Utah Legislature for this incredible gift of lowering tuition for students in Grand County and aligning tuition with our neighboring USU campuses in Price and Blanding,” said USU Moab Associate Vice President Lianna Etchberger. “For all of our students at the Moab campus, paying or borrowing less will provide a greater financial cushion. Reducing financial stress will free up more brain space for learning.”

    Another significant change that will go into effect this summer is in regard to Career and Technical Education tuition and fees. Tuition for CTE students will cost $67.50 per credit and student fees will cost $15 per credit. Each CTE program will have additional program fees that will vary by program. Previously, students in CTE programs paid the same tuition rate as other students. The tuition changes result in more comparable costs to other technical colleges in Utah, said Miller.

    “The changes to our Career and Technical Education programs are critical in developing today’s technical workforce in southeastern Utah,” said Larry Smith, interim vice president of statewide campuses. “These affordable, competency-based programs prepare students with in-demand skills and hands-on training while they enjoy a traditional student environment.”

    Students who have more than 65 earned credits will have the same tuition rate as those students who attend the main campus in Logan and other statewide campuses across the state. The 2020-21 tuition rate for a full-time resident student for those campuses will be $3,365.95 with student fees set at $363.07 for statewide campuses and $563.77 at the Logan campus.

    Haley Rice, a student who attends the Moab campus, says the change in tuition rate will be a big stress reliever for her moving forward in her pursuit of a degree in nursing.

    “I am a student who lives alone and receives no help from family members or a spouse. The cost of living in Moab is extremely high, so the relief of a lower tuition rate brings the stress down on financial obligation for my future and living in Moab,” said Rice. “I feel lucky to go to a school somewhere that is not only local and doesn’t require me to move but is now more affordable for my current life. I believe there will be many students just like me currently attending USU Moab who will greatly appreciate the change.”

    Students will be charged tuition based on their earned credit hours at the time of registration. Students who have questions about the change in tuition should contact their campus for more information on how these changes will impact them in the upcoming semesters.

    In addition to these tuition changes, there are scholarships and emergency hardship assistance funds available for Moab students, including the Emergency Hardship and the USU Moab Summer scholarships. The deadline to apply for Moab scholarships for the fall semester as well as admission scholarships has been moved back to June 1 to give more students the option to apply.

    Stay tuned for a virtual event to answer any questions about the new Southeast Tuition table as part of USU Admission’s What’s Next Wednesdays, said Miller.

    For more information about USU tuition and fees, please visit statewide.usu.edu/southeast-tuition.

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