LCSC considers tuition hike if Idaho lawmakers don’t come through

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Lewis-Clark State College may hike its tuition next year to fund personnel needed for congestion in core courses of natural sciences, business, humanities, and English.

Speaking to the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee Tuesday, LCSC President Tony Fernandez noted that his initial budget request included $1.09 million for 16 additional faculty and staff.

Fernandez says he’ll wait until the Legislature approves the 2014 budget before deciding how big of a tuition increase to seek. If the requested line item is funded, LCSC won’t need a tuition increase next year.

However, the request was not included in the governor’s budget recommendation, making it unlikely the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will pass it.

In-state tuition and fees at state-funded colleges and universities in Idaho have doubled since 2003. It now costs $5,562 per year to attend LCSC, not including room and board, and the cost of health insurance.

The governor’s overall general fund recommendation for colleges and universities next year is $239.2 million, up 5 percent from the current fiscal year.

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