Students: Tuition & Fees

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NSHE Tuition & Fees FAQ

How much will the cost of attending college increase?

The per credit fee will be increased as follows:

College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College & Western Nevada College (100 and 200-level courses)

  • 2009-2010: 4.8% ($2.75)
  • 2010-2011: 5.0% ($3.00)

College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College & Western Nevada College (300 and 400-level courses)

  • 2009-2010: 5.1% ($4.75)
  • 2010-2011: 5.1% ($5.00)

Nevada State College (undergraduate)

  • 2009-2010: 5.1% ($4.75)
  • 2010-2011: 5.1% ($5.00)

Nevada State College (graduate)

  • 2009-2010: 9.9% ($14.50)
  • 2010-2011: 10.0% ($16.00)

Universities (undergraduate)

  • 2009-2010: 5.0% ($6.50)
  • 2010-2011: 5.0% ($6.75)

Universities (graduate)

  • 2009-2010: 10.0% ($19.75)
  • 2010-2011: 10.0% ($21.75)

Why does the cost of college keep going up?

The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education governs the state’s four community colleges, the state college, two universities and one environmental research institute. Unlike private universities and colleges which must charge the full cost of education to a student, public colleges receive support from the state to pay over 77 percent of the cost.

Since students are expected to pay a portion of the cost of attending college, as state support goes up to keep pace with necessary increases in general inflation and the cost of providing education to a growing student body, the students’ portion must also rise.

Who determines how much to increase the tuition and fees?*

Per Board of Regents’ policy, every two years, the Chancellor convenes a committee comprised of campus presidents and student representatives to review and make recommendations on tuition and fees to the Board. The Board policy provides the committee with a methodology that the committee must use to set a benchmark, and the Tuition and Fees Committee makes a recommendation to the Board on the amount of an increase.

Nevada’s philosophy is that it is better for tuition and fees to increase every year to keep up with necessary costs, rather than delaying any increase until the increase is so large that students have no chance to plan ahead.

What guidelines does the committee use to determine if tuition and fees need to be increased?

The benchmark that the committee uses is the most recent median of comparable institutions’ fees and tuition rates, looking at the 15 states comprising the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. The Board has to set student fees three years in advance, so future fees are based on a goal built on past data, guaranteeing that Nevada will always lag behind other states and have low student fees.

Why isn’t the growth in enrollment generating enough money to offset the expenses caused by that growth?

Even as enrollment increases and brings in more student fee revenue, actual costs increase as well. More classes, faculty and staff are required for more students. And inflationary increases for everything that colleges and universities have to purchase push the cost up. The actual cost of delivering each course increases. Increased tuition and fee revenue is necessary, as well as increased state support.

*Definition of tuition and registration fees:

  • "Fees" are registration fees paid each semester by every student enrolling in a course at an NSHE community college, state college, or university. The registration fee is a per-credit charge that is set at different levels for the universities and community colleges. Students attending the School of Medicine, the William S. Boyd Law School and the School of Dentistry are charged differently for enrollment in those professional programs. Nevada residents pay registration fees only.
  • "Tuition" is an additional cost paid by all non-resident students on a semester basis. Non-resident students pay the per-credit registration fee plus a tuition charge each semester.