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Business Council supports raising tuition for business students

Not everyone is in favor, but a group of students representing the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University sent a letter on Friday to the USU board of trustees supporting a tuition increase for the business college.

In the letter from the Business Council, Sen. Scott Laneri wrote that the rise in tuition was being sought “to offset the rising cost of faculty hires, to compensate for the uncertainty of state funding and to further the mission of the school to become a top tier business school.”

Laneri said students may have to make sacrifices because of the increased financial burden, but the additional tuition is needed.

Seth Hilton, an accounting student, said the rise in tuition could be a good thing for the business college.

“I think that it is a necessary evil in the fact that everybody doesn’t want to pay it but it is something necessary for the progress of the school of business,” Hilton said. “The school of business right now is great, but in order to reach the potential that we could reach, it is something that’s necessary.”

In preparation for addressing the board of trustees, the council surveyed business students about the potential change in tuition.

“The survey was probably the best way we got feedback,” Laneri said. “We had about 750 responses.”

Brandon Estoque, the marketing representative for the council, helped look at the results of the survey.

“The majority of the student body sees the benefits and that raising tuition is necessary, but they all don’t like the idea of it,” Estoque said.

If passed, the raised tuition will begin in the fall semester, Laneri said. He said the tuition will rise $20 per class credit each year for three years. After three years the tuition will stay constant.

Bethany Heywood, Jaesea Gatherum, Madi Smith, Camille Strong, Britnee Nuehring and Zach Sahely contributed to this report.

-mdl