According to Rutgers, compensation costs for university employees account for 65 percent of the total budget. The university recently reached agreements with labor unions that provide for a 3 percent salary increase for unionized faculty and staff members for fiscal year 2020.
“We know tuition increases are difficult for our students, and we have worked hard again this year to keep them to a minimum as we face rising expenditures,” said Mark Angelson, chair of the board of governors. “This increase allows us to maintain our top academic programs and provide access to the highest quality education for all of our students. In fact, for many of our students with the greatest financial need, the cost of tuition will continue to be zero.”
According to Rutgers, the tuition increase is lower than 2019-2020 increases at several institutions in neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, where tuition will rise between 3 percent and 5 percent.
In New Jersey, Rutgers’ average increase of 2.1 percent over the last five years is on par with average tuition and fee increases at all public colleges and universities for the same period. It is in the mid-range of average five-year increases among Big Ten universities.