Idaho Voters Approve SJR101

Wednesday, November 3 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho voters have passed a state constitutional amendment that will allow the University of Idaho more flexibility in use of educational funds.

Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 101, the Idaho tuition and fees amendment, was passed by voters with an easy majority on Tuesday.

"We appreciate the support of voters, who understand and appreciate the changing landscape of funding for higher education," said President M. Duane Nellis. "This amendment will provide much-needed flexibility for us to efficiently and effectively manage limited state and student funds to provide the quality education our students deserve and expect."

The amendment changes provisions of territorial legislation enacted more than 120 years ago, which prevented the University of Idaho from charging tuition. The university could charge matriculation fees, but could not use those fees to help pay for the cost of classroom instruction. This approved amendment will allow the University of Idaho to operate under the same tuition and fees statutes that apply to all other state colleges and universities.

The amendment will not impact how tuition rates are set; the authority for determining rates of tuition will continue to reside with the State Board of Education, sitting as the Board of Regents of the University of Idaho.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit