After it was voted on back in Fall of 2018, flat rate tuition has officially been in effect since the start of the semester.
The flat rate cost is the equivalent of what 15 credit hours cost prior to the new flat rate installation.
Now that the semester is two months, students have mixed feelings about how flat rate is affecting their schedule and the classes they’re taking.
“I took all the classes I needed to take to graduate on time and then I had room to take this piano class and it’s really interesting and I’ve learned a lot so far,” said senior Xavier Mattison.
With the new flat rate, Mattison felt he could take advantage by taking an elective, and if it wasn’t for flat rate, he probably wouldn’t have taken his additional piano class without it.
Sharron Reed-Davis believes that the flat rate cost shouldn’t equate to 15 credits.
“Charge people 12 credits. Don’t charge people for 15 because, the people who can’t afford 15 credits, who can’t handle 15 credits and some people just don’t want 15 credits, they don’t want to rush,” Reed-Davis said.
Students who have applied to graduate for spring 2020 or summer 2020 and only need 12-14 credits to graduate are eligible to apply for financial support which would help offset the cost differential of flat rate tuition.
To learn more about the impact of flat rate, visit https://flatrate.msu.edu/index.html