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New Tuition Structure and Unit Reduction for Incoming Students

December 06, 2012

The INI will be changing its tuition structure in 2013. The students in next fall's incoming class will be charged per semester instead of a flat rate.

"Early graduates will definitely benefit," said Kari Gazdich, Director of Admissions at the INI. "If they take three semesters and graduate at the end of their second fall in the program, that will cost them 25 percent less than those who take four semesters and graduate at the end of their second spring."

The previous tuition structure was a flat rate that students were required to pay by the end of their second fall semester, regardless of whether they had finished their program requirements. Students had the option of continuing to study into a second spring semester.

Curriculum changes for the programs in information networking and information security technology and management will also make it easier for students to graduate early. Fewer units are now required. To graduate in three semesters, a student can take 48 units per semester and opt to do an internship over the summer.

"With the previous structure, students had the flexibility to wait until their second spring to take certain courses," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the INI. "We've received consistent feedback from our students over the years that's prompted us to change the structure. Now, if a student really only needs to take one course in the second spring, they can be charged per unit at the part-time student rate."

Students can openly give the INI administration feedback at town hall meetings, which are held once each semester. Other changes that have resulted from the town hall meetings include the creation of the GOINI student organization and updates to the office spaces in the INI building.