For the first time in more than 20 years, University of Central Arkansas students did not experience an increase in tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year. In May 2015, the UCA Board of Trustees approved an operating budget for 2015-2016 that does not include an increase in undergraduate mandatory tuition and fees.
“This is something every university, every board member, every college president and budget officer is concerned about – the cost of attendance and keeping it as low as possible,” said UCA President Tom Courtway. “We all strive to do the best we can with what we have. It’s an effort to hold down the cost to students and families while at the same time offering a high quality education and complete collegiate experience.”
UCA Board of Trustees Chair Brad Lacy ’94 credits President Courtway’s leadership and his staff’s hard work for being able to hold tuition rates while still funding faculty and staff raises and bonuses, in addition to funding recent construction projects across campus.
“It is important to note that we were still able to fund raises and bonuses for our dedicated faculty and staff, without whom our students would not receive the superior educational and campus experience we provide at this institution,” said Lacy. “This proves that UCA can build innovative facilities, grow enrollment and offer access to a rigorous academic experience without automatically increasing costs to our students.”