June 9, 2005

New programs fees were approved at the May, 2005, Board of Regents meeting for the College of Nursing undergraduate and graduate programs. All nursing students are affected. The proposals were presented to Student Forum for the undergraduate fee and to the graduate academic affairs committe for the graduate fee and their feedback incorporated.

The undergraduate nursing program fee will be $175 per semester for full-time undergraduate students (12 credit hours a semester or more); $14.58 per credit hour per nursing course for students taking less than 12 credit hours per semester. All freshmen and sophomore pre-nursing and nursing students will be charged $14.58 per credit per nursing course. If a student is enrolled in all five lower division nursing courses in the same semester, s/he will be charged the $175 per semester fee rather than the per credit fee. All upper division junior and senior nursing students will pay the $175 per semester fee unless they are a semester by semester student taking only one or two nursing courses in a semester. In that case, they will pay the per credit fee.

This fee will replace the existing undergraduate clinical course fees, which funded only expendable supplies for clinical courses, and will be used to offset additional costs of nursing education such as: equipment for learning resources centers, learning laboratory set-up, teaching models, computer assisted instruction programs, clinical simulations, disposable equipment and other teaching resources. Also included in the fee will be student's liability insurance, pre-NCLEX testing, and fingerprinting (when required). Existing distance fees will remain as they currently are for undergraduate nursing students.

The graduate nursing program fee will be $50 per credit hour. This fee will replace the existing distance fee for graduate nursing students and will be used to offset additional costs inherent in clinically based graduate ecucation such as teaching models, simulation equipment, specialized computer programs, and travel to arrange and supervise clinical experiences across the state; replacement and upgrading of Polycom equipment used for distance delivery of graduate courses.