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Sept. 12, 2007 By Grace Maalouf Editor in Chief The Baylor Board of Regents voted to raise undergraduate tuition by 6.5 percent next  year during a conference call Monday that would increase undergraduate tuition for  2008-09 full-time students to $23,644 from $22,220. This was announced in an e-mail President John Lilley sent to faculty and staff at 5:30  p.m. Tuesday. The general student fee will increase 6.61 percent to $2,420. Room rates will increase  by 5.99 percent, and board rates for undergraduates will rise 2.75 percent. Incoming  freshmen will pay 6.09 percent more in tuition, fees, room and board than this year's  freshmen class. Graduate student tuition will go up 6.59 percent and tuition for students at George W.  Truett Theological Seminary will rise by 6.43 percent. Tuition for law students will rise by  6.48 percent. Baylor tuition has risen steadily over the past few years, including an 8 percent increase  in 2006-2007, a 6.4 percent increase in 2005-2006, 9.1 percent in 2004-2005 and 6.69  percent in 2003-2004. The board often decides tuition increases at its meeting held during Baylor Homecoming  weekend, which this year is the first weekend of November. Reagan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, said he requested the  meeting be moved up in the year so that tuition information would be available before  Baylor's early admissions deadline, which is Nov. 1. "We wanted to come out early and let people know what the tuition would be," he said. The board of regents recently decided to eliminate its annual September meeting, which  is why the meeting took place by conference call, Ramsower said. Lilley said in a news release that the tuition increase will help fund current operations,  new initiatives, faculty hires, the improvement of campus facilities and a variety of major  strategic planning proposals approved this summer. Ramsower said new faculty hires were authorized to improve the student-faculty ratio  and allow some professors to do research. He said the university needs "some faculty in  certain areas because Baylor has the opportunity to excel and demonstrate world-class  leadership in those disciplines." The increase also will help pay for a raise pool for faculty and staff, Ramsower said. He  said it will help cover the cost of "inflationary increases in utility," capital expenditures  and travel expenses. Ramsower said recent construction on Brooks Village was not a cause of the rise in 
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