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HCDE Fee Management Plan 2020-2025

Projected Increases 2020-2025

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is committed to being a responsible employer and ensuring the faculty and staff are compensated fairly for the work they do in fulfilling the educational mission of the department. In addition, we are committed to making costs as transparent to students as possible to assist with providing a future roadmap for financial planning purposes. Thus, we are providing these details to describe projected changes in tuition costs for HCDE’s MS program between 2020-2025. The table below shows the planned increases.

Academic Year Cost per credit hour % change
















What is the increase and why do we need it?

We anticipate a change of 3.9% per credit hour in 2020-2021 that will go toward expenses needed to improve HCDE’s newly acquired space and facilities in Sieg Hall, and then a more stabilized increase of approximately 2.5% per year after that to provide a sustainable program and allow for increased financial aid, as described below.

What kinds of things does the increased revenue make possible?

  • Financial support to improve access and diversity in the program
  • Financial stability for the department as salaries for faculty, part-time lecturers, staff, and TAs are increased to keep up with inflation each year
  • Improvements to teaching for courses that require advanced or consumable equipment, such as makerspaces, physical computing, capstone, virtual reality, etc.
  • Space and facilities improvements, including expansion of hallway common space to the 3rd floor, additional conference rooms and A/V equipment, increased accessibility to common spaces, etc.
  • Increased departmental funding to the GSA to plan student events
  • Additional electives that may be offered at smaller class sizes
  • Departmental staff to build industry and community relations and engagement with HCDE students for capstone projects, increased presence at career fairs, etc.

Historical Trends 2012-2020

Academic Year Cost per credit hour % change