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USU tuition plan will aid online students
by TOM BUSSELBERG
Apr 19, 2014 | 1685 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print

KAYSVILLE - A new tuition structure plan at Utah State University will allow online students to pay at the same rate as traditional students.

The plan also has lowered the plateau tuition from 13 to 12 credits, a press release from the Logan-based university said.

The plan starts with the summer semester.

"We recognize the need for flexibility for the 21st century student,” said Tom Lee, dean at USU-Kaysville.

"The 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,” he said.

The new plateau adjustment means students can pay for up to 12 credits and nothing beyond that until they reach 18 credits. That's even if they register for online classes, the release said.

Previously, students would have paid above the plateau tuition level for online courses. For students living 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.

"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 Doug Fiefia, president of the USU Student Association.

Student goals can be achieved more quickly and at less cost, said USU President Stan Albrecht. 

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