Each year, colleges and universities must decide if they will raise the cost of tuition. Some of Alabama's major universities are making that decision now.

The Auburn University Board of Trustees increased tuition on April 22 by 3% for students at Auburn University (AU) and Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM).

This increase means that in-state students will be paying around $175 more per semester, and out-of-state students will pay about $487 more per semester.

This is the first increase in tuition at both campuses since 2020, and housing rates will also go up by 2%.

Jacksonville State

AU and AUM are not the only public universities in Alabama raising their tuition, however. 

With inflation at 8.5%, Jacksonville State University (JSU) will raise its in-state tuition by $135 per semester for in-state students and $265 per semester for out-of-state students. In-state tuition will now be $4,995, and out-of-state tuition will be $9,975.

This is JSU's first increase in three years.

South Alabama and North Alabama

Many public universities have yet to decide whether or not to raise tuition. 

The University of North Alabama Board of Trustees will decide whether tuition will increase in June. It currently charges a flat rate of $4,800 for full-time in-state students and $9,600 for full-time out-of-state students per semester. Other fees may apply.

No decision has been made about the tuition for students at the University of South Alabama (USA) for the coming school year. USA tuition currently charges by the credit hour. Cost varies depending on the college in which the course is located but averages out to $367.80 for in-state students and $735.60 for out-of-state students. Students enrolled in less than 15 credit hours will be charged an additional registration fee of $150.

University of Alabama System

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, which oversees the University of Alabama (UA), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), is also undecided and has its next meeting in June. However, in-state general tuition has been frozen for the last five years at UA and the previous four years at UAB and UAH. Out-of-state tuition has not increased in three years.

Tuition at UA currently sits at an annual rate of $10,780 for in-state students and $30,250 for out-of-state students, with an estimated $800 in fees. 

At UAB, tuition and fees are estimated to be around $10,710 annually for in-state students and $25,500 annually for out-of-state students. Tuition rates may differ pending on the type of coursework.

A student at UAH taking 12 to 18 credit hours will face tuition of $4,865 if in-state and $11,063 if out-of-state per semester. Other fees may apply.

Troy University and Alabama State

Troy University adopted a Clear Cost Plan in 2021 that established a unified tuition rate for all Troy campuses and eliminated all enrollment-related fees. It will not raise tuition for undergraduate students for the 2022-2023 school year. They will remain at $388 per credit hour for in-state students and $776 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

Alabama State University (ASU) will be raising its tuition by roughly 1.62% for in-state students. However, it will be lowering its out-of-state tuition by 1.81%. ASU tuition will now be $11,248 for in-state students per school year and $19,576 for out-of-state students per school year.

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