Through Collaboration, Students and Administration Propose Fee Increase

Wednesday, February 25 2009

Feb. 25, 2009

Written by Tania Thompson

MOSCOW, Idaho – A collaborative process at the University of Idaho has yielded a proposal to increase fees by $196 per semester for the 2010 academic year.

“The University of Idaho Student Fee Committee engaged in a very thoughtful and collaborative process to evaluate the proposals that came to them for changes in student fee allocations,” said Bruce Pitman, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. “They asked great questions and made some hard decisions. We look forward to the Board of Regents review in April.”

If approved, the 8.46 percent increase would bring the cost per semester for undergraduates to $2,512, up from $2,316. The proposal would provide revenues that are essential to help the university and various activity areas maintain and improve programs and services for students.

“The University of Idaho continues to be a great value by blending academic quality with a good price,” said President Steven Daley-Laursen. The university’s affordability has been recognized as one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, in the top half of Consumer’s Digest Top 50 Best Values for Public Colleges and Universities, and by The Princeton Review as one of the 77 Best Value Colleges in America.

The first phase of the University of Idaho fee setting process involves discussions with university stakeholders – including students, student leadership and university leadership – and the development of an initial proposal. An additional campus forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, for further consideration of the fee proposal. A final decision on student fees is scheduled to be made by the State Board of Education – the University of Idaho Board of Regents – at its meeting on April 6.

“I am grateful to each of the students who participated in the process, and extend a special acknowledgement to each of you in leadership positions,” said Daley-Laursen in a memo to students sent on Tuesday. “Student participation and leadership was very important as we all worked together through the issues associated with student fees.”

Garrett Holbrook, president of the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, commented on the broad scope of the discussions during the process.

“After a difficult review process, the Student Fee Committee recommended its lowest fee increase in recent memory. The committee’s final recommendation of a 4.74 percent increase to the activity fee included funding for crucial campus needs and innovative new initiatives,” Holbrook said. “The committee also gave a conditional nod to the university's 8.46 percent increase, asking that the same standard of fiscal responsibility they applied be used by the university, and that strong consideration for inclusion be given to certain projects on campus.”
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education 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 ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit

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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