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SBMI Announces Slight Tuition Increase, New Practicum Fee

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is implementing a slight tuition increase and a fee hike, beginning with the fall 2014 semester. The changes are a result of a mandate from The University of Texas System.

The tuition increase is $25 a credit hour, totaling $75 for each three-hour course. “Even with this fee increase, we are still the best value in the nation,” said Ryan Bien, SBMI associate dean for management. “If you look at the tuition costs of other biomedical informatics programs across the country, we are the least expensive by far – essentially half the cost.” The SBMI’s last tuition increase was in 2011.

The school is also instituting a $1,500 fee for students taking HI 6000, Practicum in Health Informatics. In this course, each master’s student selects an area of interest in which to apply the knowledge and skills they have already learned. “Previously, all of the planning for this course was left up to the student,” said Dr. Susan Fenton, assistant dean for academic affairs. “However, a new practicum coordinator has been hired to assist students in selecting and organizing work environments, filing paperwork, and completing various other tasks related to setting up the practicum. The new fee will pay for this coordinator.”

Originally, the school approached the Student Financial Advisory Committee requesting a $1,000 fee, but after the committee investigated what other schools charged, the students voted to increase the amount to $1,500. The fee will be levied at a rate of $500 per credit hour, not to exceed $1,500.

In addition, the university has adopted a $96 per semester “evacuation fee” for international students who choose not to opt in to the school’s insurance plan. It will help defray the costs when a student must leave school during the semester and return to their country of origin due to accident or illness. Finally, a student record fee of $5 will be charged per term of enrollment. This will pay for lifetime transcripts for all SBMI students upon request.

The SBMI will hold a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. in UCT 1414 to discuss these fees in detail and answer any questions students may have. The meeting will be advertised on the school’s website and emails will be sent to all students notifying them of the event. The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is implementing a slight tuition increase and a fee hike, beginning with the fall 2014 semester. The changes are a result of a mandate from The University of Texas System.

published 07/22/2014 at 10:12 a.m.

Shannon Rasp