Undergraduate tuition, room and board, and student fees at the University of Notre Dame will increase 7 percent for the 2005-06 academic year for a combined total cost of $39,552.p. With the increase, tuition and fees will be $31,542, a difference of $2,030 over the current year, and average room and board charges will be $8,010, a difference of $592.p. In a letter to parents of students returning for the next academic year, Notre Dames president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., noted that the operating budget for 2005-06combines the need to balance fiscal constraint and responsibility with the critical importance of maintaining our special and distinctive mission as a Catholic university.p. He added that the total student charges for the new academic yearare again below the average for the top 20 universities as ranked by U.S. News&World Report.p. Malloy also noted that the largest supplement in the new budget is another boost in undergraduate student aid. He said the University continuesrespecting our promise to remain affordable and accessible to a talented and diverse student body.p. Other tuition increases, all 7 percent, will bring totals to $31,100 for the Graduate School, and $31,820 for both the Law School and Masters of Business Administration program.