The purpose of the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) is to recommend to the president the amount of tuition needed to fund the university's forecasted core academic budget, which includes expenses such as salaries, utilities and college programs.
The committee makes specific recommendations for undergraduate and graduate tuition rates for the next two years. The rates for the professional law, business and pharmacy schools are set in consultation with the Provost’s Office rather than TPAC, but they must be approved by the Board of Regents.
College deans, with appropriate student and faculty consultation, may request additional funding for their individual colleges and schools. The committee may also comment on key policy assumptions incorporated in the budget forecast. While it is desirable that a single recommendation be developed by consensus, the committee may make majority and minority recommendations.
The committee's recommendation is submitted to the president. The president then meets with the committee to discuss the recommendation. The president takes the committee's recommendation and the public's response under consideration, but retains the discretion to make changes to the proposal in the best interests of the university. The president submits the final tuition proposal to the Board of Regents, and the recommendation of the committee accompanies the final proposal.