Ed Board OKs tuition hike at all 4 Idaho universities

idaho educationThe Idaho State Board of Education has voted to hike the price of attending Idaho’s public universities, sustaining a trend of annual tuition increases yet still keeping tuition costs under $7,000 per year for undergraduates at all four campuses.

The board on Wednesday agreed to raise resident undergraduates’ tuition by 5 percent at the University of Idaho and 4 percent at Lewis-Clark State College. Tuition will rise by 4.5 percent at Idaho State University, and by 6.9 percent at Boise State University, starting next fall.

Not all university presidents got what they wanted from trustees. For example, UI asked for 5.9 percent more and BSU requested an 8.6 percent rate hike, but the increases are still expected to generate about $10.6 million in additional revenue for the four universities. BSU would get the largest chunk, adding an estimated $8.2 million dollars in new tuition money.

The board of education’s decision marks the 14th consecutive year of tuition increases of at least 4 percent at all four universities. Since 2001, tuition has increased by more than 100 percent at those campuses.

But the increases adopted Wednesday are smaller than previous years. Hikes peaked in fiscal year 2011, when UI, ISU and BSU all raised tuition by at least 9 percent.

The decision comes almost a month after state lawmakers approved $465.9 million in general funds for higher education. While that amounts to a 3.8 percent bump from the previous year, it’s still below 2009 levels. (AP)

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