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b) Tuition Rate

Each program must be self-supporting. Consequently, great care must be taken in establishing enrollment forecasts and in determining program costs. Using details from Items II.b., II.c., and V.a. above, determine a proposed tuition rate for this program. The tuition rate has two parts: the program costs portion and the University Fee.

Program Costs Portion: The program costs portion of the tuition rate is based upon program costs and realistic enrollment expectations. Divide the expected student credit hour production over a full cycle of the program into the estimated program costs for the same period. The result will be an expression of program costs per student credit hour. (This Program Costs Portion of the tuition fee will be returned to the offering department to cover program costs)

University Fee: The University fee ($49 per semester hour in 2004-2005) is to be distributed to the General Fund ($20.00/SemHr), The VP for University Outreach ($20.00/SemHr), and to your Dean’s office ($9.00/SemHr) for a contingency fund.

Establishing the Program Rate: Add the program cost per student credit hour and the University Fee together to determine the tuition rate per semester hour for your program. This tuition rate will be expressed as a single per-semester-hour rate to your distance education students. No additional registration fee is used for distance education courses and programs. Fees for textbooks and other instructional materials may expressed separately or included in the program costs calculations.

The maximum allowed tuition rate for distance education programs is $734 per semester hour. Special, high cost, “executive” type programs are permitted tuition rates up to $2054 per semester hour.

The University Fee raises each year by the same percentage as the University tuition rate increases and as approved by the Board of Trustees. The same is the situation for the program cost portion; however, implementation of the higher rate for the program cost portion is the prerogative of the managing department. Contact the Distance Learning Office for tuition rate requests.

NOTE: If you are receiving contract or grant funds for this program include the details of funding: source, amount, purpose, expected use and impact on program finances.

VI. Proposal Routing

Distance education program proposals are to be developed by the appropriate department or program head with the consultation of the Office of Distance Learning and Outreach Technology and only upon an indication of general interest/approval by the appropriate department head. Proposals are completed according to the outline above and include the Routing and Authorization Sheet as a cover for the proposal (See Appendix I). Once the program proposal is complete and signed by the AU SACS Liaison Officer and the Director of Distance Learning, the proposal must receive the signed approvals of the appropriate offering department head and Dean and any cooperating departments/Deans. Then the proposal is submitted to Academic Affairs for review by the University Curriculum Committee and, if appropriate, the Graduate Council. (Individual courses are to be reviewed later as they are re-designed for distance delivery.) Upon clearance by Academic Affairs, the proposal is transmitted to the Vice President for University Outreach for review and recommendation to the Provost and President for final approval to initiate the program at the proposed tuition rate. (See Routing and Authorization Sheet attached to this document. Note: College of Education proposals require additional signatures)


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