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Utah State University Announces Smarter Tuition Plan

Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

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Utah State University announced two significant changes to its tuition structure that allows students to save money and have more options. Beginning summer semester 2014 in-state students taking online courses will now pay the same tuition as traditional on-campus credits, and the plateau tuition level has been lowered from 13 to 12 credits.

“We recognize the need for flexibility for the 21st century student,” said Robert Wagner, USU vice provost for USU-Online and regional campuses. “This smarter tuition structure allows students to pay the same tuition for any type of course delivery method like online or traditional face-to-face. It also provides the flexibility necessary for students to reach their education goals quicker.”

The new plateau adjustment makes it possible for students to pay for up to 12 credits and then nothing above that level until they reach 18 credits even if they register for online classes. Previously, students would have paid above the plateau tuition level for online courses.  For students residing in Utah taking online, traditional and broadcast courses, all credits will be applied to the regular tuition and fee table with the revised plateau benefit.  

Doug Fiefia, president of Utah State University Student Association, is excited about the opportunities that the structural change will offer to all USU students and believes it will help students keep momentum.

“This new tuition model incentivizes students to take online courses and to take 15 or more credits, the amount needed each semester to graduate in four years,” said Fiefia. “This will enable students to graduate in less time and, more importantly, having options that help them do so.”

USU President Stan Albrecht said the change is in keeping with USU’s commitment to deliver high-quality educational opportunities throughout the state.

“The USU family includes students from all corners of the state looking to improve their lives through higher education,” said Albrecht. “The changes to the online tuition structure, as well as the plateau, will enable them to achieve their goals more quickly, and it will save them money at the same time.”

Related link:

Utah State University Online

Utah State University Regional Campuses and Distance Education

Contact: Jay Wright, 435-797-2080,

Writer: Paige Pagnucco, 435-797-1429,

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