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Tuition Increase for Long-Time Students

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Students who take longer to graduate from Nevada universities will start paying more for tuition, due to a new set of rules passed by the Board of Regents Friday.

Nevada System of Higher Education Director of Student Affairs Renee Davis said students who graduate in six years or less probably won't see any difference, but if they get too many credits past what they need to graduate, they could pay 50 percent more per credit.

The new rules work like this:

The average student needs 120 credits to graduate. If that student reaches 180 credits (150 percent of what's required for a degree) and hasn't graduated, each credit after that will cost 50 percent more.

The Board of Regents voted on Friday to put these changes in place, in the hopes that they will motivate students to graduate on time. This would save the students money, and save the state money as well. The state subsidizes credits for each student, so the longer the student takes to graduate, the more the state has to pay.

If they can get the students to graduate sooner and with the most efficient credit load possible, they can use that extra money for other things in the budget, or for other students.

Davis also said keeping the students on track means they are less likely to drop out. But the students gave the idea mixed reviews.

"It takes some people longer to realize what they want to do," UNR sophomore Guy Moreno said. "I don't think you should be punished for that."

"You've got to get through your bachelor's degree in a reasonable amount of time," UNR graduate student Ariana Patmas said. "It just keeps you on track."

"I think that's dumb," UNR freshman Danielle Smith said, "because college is kind of hard. You don't want to overwhelm yourself, and the amount of credits you take each semester can be really overwhelming."

The plan will take effect in the fall of 2014.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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