By Jocelyn Haslon
At the last Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8th it was announced that there will be a tuition increase of 2 percent for the 2014-2015 academic school year.
There will also be an increase of 1.5 percent for room and board.
Tuition will increase due to the increase of utility rates, insurance rates campus renovations and repairs.
Most of the money for room and board will be allocated toward the refurnishing of all dorms on campus with air conditioning and additional repairs.
The announcement of the tuition increase resulted in moans from students during the last Student Government Association meeting.
But relatively speaking, the increases are modest.
President Robert Jennings said that, “while almost all schools increase tuition on an annual basis by 3 to 5 percent or more, we have always tried to keep ours at 2 percent or less.”
Student activities are also contributing to the raise.
Jennings explained that students continue to leave doors to dorms open, allowing pests to enter, contributing to extermination costs. Students are also leaving windows open, resulting in higher utility bills.
There has been more than $250,000 in damage to the property caused by students.
“I have mentioned in several convocations the necessity for students and the entire Lincoln family to work collectively as a means of controlling utility costs and in taking care of the campus as a means of keeping costs down,” Jennings said.
Students have reacted to the tuition increase with many different emotions.
“Students really need to grow up and stop vandalizing their own school,” Jasmine Howard, a junior said. “It’s really childish and we should know better than that.”
Cynthia Dillards, a freshman, was also frustrated.
“I don’t have any extra money to give to this school so the fact that tuition is increasing is a let-down for me.”
Some students, though, believe that the tuition increase will be beneficial.
“Maybe this tuition increase will show students that we have to take care of this place because it’s our home,” David Dukes, another junior said.
Jennings notes that the university does regret that it must increase tuition.
“But there are some circumstances like utility costs, insurance and general operations that are imposed on us as a normal part of running a business. Again, if we work together to control utility costs and repairs and become this sustainable community we are seeking to become, it will certainly help to keep costs down.”
“I am just pleased that our costs are not as much as many schools that are similar to us,” he added.