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LARAMIE - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted Friday to keep tuition rates flat for in-state undergraduate students next fall, while raising tuition for all other students.

The 2009-2010 school year will be third year without a tuition increase for undergraduates from Wyoming, who make up about 40 percent of the university's 13,100 students. They will continue to pay $2,820 per year for a full load of 30 credit hours.

The trustees voted to raise tuition about 5 percent for nonresident undergraduates, graduate students, law students and pharmacy students.

Phill Harris, UW's vice president for administration, has said the board wanted to keep tuition flat for resident undergraduates because it didn't want to diminish the value of the state's Hathaway scholarship program. The state-funded scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who attend UW or a Wyoming community college.

As for the other student groups, Harris said regular tuition hikes are necessary to keep up with increasing costs in operating and academic-support budgets.

Under the change, tuition rates for full-time students will increase to $10,740 for nonresident undergraduates; to $3,294 for resident graduate students; to $9,414 for nonresident graduate students; to $9,060 for resident law school students; to $20,250 for nonresident law students; to $10,450 for resident pharmacy students; and to $23,370 for nonresident pharmacy students.

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The trustees also voted to raise mandatory fees 8 percent next fall to $433.23 per student. Included in that are a $3.70 increase for the Wyoming Union fee and a $17.40 increase for student services.

"The proposed increases for the next fiscal year will be used to fund salary increases, maintain employer contribution for health insurance premiums and fund a couple of program enhancements," Harris told the board.

The board also voted to raise rates for most campus housing and meal plans by between 2 to 4 percent. Under the change, the most common dorm rooms - a room housing two students - would cost about $3,500 per year. The most common meal plan - unlimited access to the cafeterias - would cost about $4,500 per year.

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