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University of Utah 2023 Truth in Tuition hearing set

Update: The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed tuition for the 2023-2024 school year in late March. The video recording from the meeting on March 7, 2023 can be watched below.

Despite rising costs in nearly every aspect of daily life, the University of Utah will not be raising tuition or student fees for the 2023-2024 school year, nor will it cut student services. Tuition plans, the value of a U degree and an explanation of how student fees are used will be discussed at the 2023 Truth in Tuition hearing, scheduled to take place on Tuesday March 7, 2-4 p.m.

“Students at the U have incredible opportunities to learn and research and find ways to truly impact our world for the better,” said Provost Mitzi Montoya. “Tuition dollars are used to support students as they pursue their dreams — and we are using every last penny for their benefit.”

When compared to its peers in the Association of American Universities, an organization of 65 of America’s leading research universities, the U is the second-lowest for tuition and fees in the country. In the Pac-12, the U has the lowest tuition and fees by nearly $2,500, and a majority of full-time, first-time students at the U also receive scholarships and grants. In 2021-2022, students at the U received more than $343 million in financial aid.

In October, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called on members of the Utah System of Higher Education to freeze tuition for the 2023-2024 school year. Typically, tuition increases are used to support student completion rates and address faculty and staff salary equity and retention. University President Taylor Randall has said he is committed to funding those payroll obligations—and a nearly 8 percent raise for all state employees—by identifying existing savings across campus.

“Our commitment is to provide students with access to a top-tier education that is a great value and prepares students for a successful life,” said Interim Associate Vice President for Budget Jason Atuaia. “We could not do that without our phenomenal faculty and staff.”

Students at the U have access to a host of resources — paid for by student fees and tuition — including mentors, counselors and tutors. While student fees will not increase for the 2023-2024 school year, student support will expand through a new cross-campus career services initiative launched by President Randall in January. The Career Success Presidential Initiative aims to increase placement and compensation for graduates by building on connections that meet employers’ needs.

The Truth in Tuition meeting on March 7 will discuss student benefits, tuition and fees further. The public is invited to register and attend.