Regents Approve Student Fee Increase

Thursday, April 19 2012


The Board of Regents for the University of Idaho approved a tuition and fee increase that will help cover the state-mandated pay and benefits increases that were only partially funded by the legislature as well as unfunded mandates and inflationary costs.

To continue providing the quality transformational education its students deserve, university leaders asked the Board of Regents for a 6.1 percent increase in in-state, undergraduate tuition – about $356 per student.  Fee increases were also approved for out-of-state and graduate students.

"I’d like to express my deep thanks to the board members for their confidence in and support of our efforts to meet our commitments to the future success of our students,” said M. Duane Nellis, University of Idaho president. “We will continue to strive to increase our efficiencies and our financial aid to ensure open access to all potential students.”

[To see the entire fee presentation, click here
http://www.uidaho.edu/president/communications/speeches/SBOE%20Fee%20Hearing]

The University of Idaho continues to equal or exceed its national peers at a cost far below the average, according to recent comparison studies. For example, this year, tuition for full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates was about 75 percent of the average of the university’s national and regional peers. Only three states have lower rates, including Utah and Wyoming.

The following tuition/fee rates are now in effect for the 2012-2013 academic year:

 

Institution

Current tuition/fee charged (annual)

% increase requested

$ increase amount requested

Approved tuition/fee for 2012- 2013 (annual)

% increase approved

Total $ increase per student (annually)

University of Idaho

$5,856

6.1%

$356

$6,212

6.1%

$356

Idaho State University

$5,796

4.7%

$274

$6,070

4.7%

$274

Boise State University

$5,566

5.7%

$318

$5,884

5.7%

$318

Lewis-Clark State College

$5,348

4.0%

$214

$5,562

4.0%

$214

Eastern Idaho Technical College

$1,932

4.7%

$90

$2,022

4.7%

$90

 

In their presentations to the board, all four-year, higher education institutions made the case that increases were needed to cover rising costs and maintain quality programs. This year’s requests were among the lowest in recent years.


 

“Our goal is to keep higher education in Idaho as affordable and cost effective as possible,” said Board of Regents President Richard Westerberg. “For every 10 students who graduate from high school, about three go on to college. We have to get more Idaho students into post-secondary education, and we recognize that cost is a significant barrier.”

 

Tuition and fees for Idaho’s public higher education institutions will remain among the lowest in the western states. “Idaho still has the best deal around,” said board member Milford Terrell.

 

The State Board of Education meeting will continue on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 8 a.m. Pacific/9 a.m. Mountain. You can follow the meeting via web-stream at www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/uidaholive.






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