Montclair State Sets Tuition for 2008-2009 Academic Year

Modest Increases Support Ongoing Improvements While Keeping Education Affordable

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair State University has announced the tuition and fee structure for the 2008-2009 academic year as approved by the University's Board of Trustees. The combined cost of flat-fee tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board for full-time students total $18,866, representing a 6.3% increase in the cost of attendance. The flat-fee tuition for New Jersey residents attending the University full-time in the upcoming year will be $3,418.39 per semester and $7,307.50 per semester for new non-New Jersey residents. That represents a 7% increase from 2007-2008 rates.

The proposal keeps undergraduate tuition and fees below the average of New Jersey's senior public colleges and universities, continuing the University's emphases on accessibility and affordability for New Jersey residents.

"Montclair State continues to demonstrate a firm commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience--facilities that keep pace with advances in technology and research; a broad range of programs and faculty that give students an advantage in the global marketplace; and an active, student-centered campus," comments Susan A. Cole, Montclair State president. "The new tuition rate allows the University to continue supporting its margin of excellence while remaining accessible to New Jersey families."

The FY09 reduction in New Jersey's state budget to higher education has resulted in a $3.1 million decrease in funding to the University from FY08 levels. Over the period of 2001-2009, state appropriation per full-time enrolled student declined at Montclair State from $4,795 to $3,211, a decrease of 33%. State funding currently represents 27% of the University's total operating revenue, continuing a trend that has shifted the cost of college education from the state to individual students and their families. New Jersey ranks last in the nation in recent changes to state appropriations for higher education, with a percentage change of -0.3 during the period of 2006-2008. (Click for source.)

Mandatory student fees for the academic year for full-time undergraduate students increased by a total of $185. The telecommunications fee covering the MSU Campus Connect service has been reduced from $210 per semester to $7 per semester since, because of developments in the telecommunications market, students will no longer be required to subscribe to a specific calling plan through the University. The restructured fee covers the cost of unlimited alert notifications and software licenses, but does not include a service plan. A nominal fee for the student newspaper, the Montclarion, was instituted to support the creation of an independent news organization.

Released: July 24, 2008