What WTAMU tuition increase means for you

It's official. West Texas A&M University will see another tuition increase starting in the fall.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents took a vote on that hike Friday afternoon.

Why did they approve it, and how much more will students have to pay?

Right now on average, a full-time WT student pays anywhere from $2,000 to $2,300 per semester in tuition and students fees.

But that's about to change starting this fall.

The Board of Regents passed an almost four-percent increase, equal to about $150 per student per semester.

"The students will certainly feel it. We're disappointed that it has to be this way. The university over the last two years has absorbed a five million dollar cut in state funding. At the same time we have not raised tuition over those two years," said Neal Weaver, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at WTAMU.

At least one student says the increase will be tough to handle.

"I really don't agree with that. Luckily, I'm graduating this summer so I don't really have to worry about it. I don't know if it's worth that, for going to school here," said Sophie Schakel, WTAMU Senior.

The hike will reportedly pay for professor and staff salary increases, and student services.

"Pay raises are a part of this

, but that's because we want to maintain the quality that this institution has always had, we want to grow the quality of this institution and we want to be able to provide for the people we serve," said Weaver.

But despite the increase, the university maintains, it still has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.

"Even with the raise we continue to be certainly in the bottom half and pretty close to the bottom quartile in institutions as far as cost to students

," said Weaver.

He also says, the tuition increase will bring in another $1.8 million for WT every year, and says financial aid will also be increased to help students pay their bills.