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NMU Board sets next year's tuition

MARQUETTE, MI— Northern Michigan University will remain second-most affordable among the state’s 15 public universities after the NMU Board of Trustees approved new tuition and fee rates for the 2023-24 academic year.

Northern will also invest $2.7 million in new initiatives that will increase student access and enhance campus wellbeing, safety and the student experience.

The average cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $6,845 per semester, a $338 per semester increase from last year’s rate of $6,507. Nonresident undergraduates will pay an additional $338 as well, while graduate tuition will go up by $33 per credit.

NMU Vice President for Finance and Administration Gavin Leach said the recommendation presented to the board was developed around estimated fall enrollment, inflationary cost increases for supplies and utilities, a projected state appropriation and key investments. The tuition and fee increase falls within the hard dollar cap outlined in the executive, House and Senate preliminary budget proposals. It would be adjusted accordingly if the cap is lowered in the final state budget.

“Northern remains committed to affordability while also recognizing the importance of making strategic investments on behalf of our students,” Leach said. “We are putting an additional $800,000 toward removing barriers by eliminating the application fee and increasing financial aid and support for our Tuition Advantage program and Bridge Awards. We’re also investing $1 million in student wellness and health promotions, childcare initiatives and public safety. Remaining investments will fund enhanced academic programming and enrollment staffing, new technology development and community outreach, and maintenance of the university’s infrastructure. All support the new administrative pillars under President Brock Tessman’s realignment plan.”

The NMU Tuition Advantage program goes into effect this fall for qualified Michigan resident first-year students. It provides them with free tuition for four years by covering any remaining balance after federal, state and university funds are applied. More detailed information about eligibility and covered expenses is available at nmu.edu/tuitionadvantage.

“Raising tuition is not a decision we take lightly,” said Alexis Hart, chair of the finance committee and vice chair of the board. “NMU continues to offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Increases this year are reflective of inflation, contractual salary adjustments and important investments such as the safety and wellbeing of our students and continued enhancements to our academic programming.”

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.