Southern Arkansas University announced Thursday that they will not raise tuition for 2018-2019.
On Thursday, the SAU Board of Trustees approved the in-state undergraduate tuition freeze.
Tuition in 2018-2019 will be $3,420 per semester for full-time undergraduate students, unchanged from last year’s tuition rate. Total mandatory fees will be $918. Total tuition and fees for an undergraduate in-state student taking fifteen hours will be $4,338. Comparable tuition and fees for 2017-2018 were 4,173. Students will have to pay $165 difference in fees.
According to SAU officials, three fees were raised. Those include academic excellence, computer technology, and public safety fees.
The public safety fee increase reflects the University’s commitment to student safety. Additional equipment and training for campus police officers, extra security lighting and cameras, and training for the campus are included.
Academic excellence fees were increased to reflect a commitment to the state’s new performance-funding formula and the University’s emphasis on student success, retention, and graduation rates.
An increase in computer technology fees will keep the University on the cutting edge of technology for students, faculty and staff.