(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 24, 2005 – A bill authored by Representative Phyllis Pond (R- New Haven) requiring state universities to offer in state students a guaranteed tuition rate passed out of the House of Representative’s Education Committee by a unanimous vote. House Bill 1797 will require Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana State University, University of Southern Indiana, and all regional campuses and satellite locations to offer Indiana resident students a guaranteed price option that would not raise tuition rates during four academic years. As the students enter a state university as a freshman, they may choose the regular plan that includes possible tuition increases or the guaranteed rate plan.
“Affordable college education is important to Hoosiers. State university tuition rates have been steadily rising each year and the rising prices jeopardizes many students’ ability to pay for their college education. House Bill 1797 will assure students that they will still be able to afford tuition for the duration of their education and will ensure parents that the cost of college will be more predictable,” said Rep. Pond.
House Bill 1797 will begin the fixed rate during the academic year in which the student first enrolls in the institution and require universities to set tuition rates every two years. The university can choose to grant the guaranteed price option to nonresident students as well. The option will only be available to undergraduate students. Also, the bill will require state universities to set tuition rates on budget years while the legislature is in session.
“I believe that a guaranteed price option for tuition in Indiana is a tool that we need to utilize so Hoosiers can take advantage of higher education,” said Rep. Pond.
Also, an amendment was added in committee that would require state institutions to create a library of 70 courses that are transferable among all state institutions including Ivy Tech State College and Vincennes University. The 70 courses will primarily draw from liberal arts courses, but will also include technical, professional, and occupational fields.
“Creating a core transfer library of courses will be beneficial to students. If a student enrolled at a state university transfers to another state university, they lose money and time because a number of courses do not transfer,” said Rep. Pond. Students have seen a 20 percent tuition increase in the past two years and a 100 percent increase in the last decade. The goal of this bill is to help students afford college despite the large tuition increases.”