NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Stephen F. Austin State University Regents approved raising tuition Tuesday.
Tuition hikes, one after another, have been the practice over the years by regents since 2003.
This time, tuition-per-semester credit hour will go from just over $185 to $192.
Food service will rise 2.7 percent. Course and lab fees were also adjusted, with some going up and others going down.
Regents explain the tuition hikes are all part of a strategic planning process to raise faculty salaries.
"We've worked a lot of things in reducing costs, everything we can to try to take care of the great faculty and staff we have here, but we do need try to help them out as much as possible," said SFA Board of Regent Chair Dr. Scott Coleman. "A lot of this particular increase is going to be directed at that."
SFA is offering a fixed-rate tuition plan.
The tuition rates apply for up to 12 semesters from the point of initial enrollment at a public or private institution, regardless of whether the student enrolls at any institution during those semesters.