Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tuition Hikes Granted for Idaho Universities

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

As expected, the Idaho State Board of Education granted tuition increases Wednesday to the Gem State's four-year public universities and colleges—just not as much as the schools had hoped for.

The board, which continues its two day meeting in Moscow today, listened to several hours of presentations before giving the OK for a 6.9 percent increase to Boise State, 5 percent tuition hike to the University of Idaho, a 4 percent increase to Lewis-Clark State College and a 4.5 percent increase at Idaho State University.

"Obviously, cost to a student cannot be separated from value received," Boise State President Bob Kustra told the board. "We analyze that against the funding we're given."

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis, who will soon be departing the U of I to take over as president of Texas Tech in June, told the board that "covering increased costs for things like faculty and facilities is in direct support of a student's education."

During today's board session, Nellis is expected to deliver his final U of I progress report.

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