Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, asked Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas if perhaps he should consider charging differential tuition - higher for high-cost programs, perhaps, that also set students up to earn big incomes once they’ve completed them. “Perhaps we should look at some kind of differential tuition?” he asked Vailas, at ISU’s budget hearing this morning in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Vailas said it was a good question, but said, “We provide professional fees that are already very high.” ISU doesn’t want to force Idaho students out, he said. “We have been very sensitive to the financial challenges of our students, to make sure that we serve Idaho first, and that is a concern. .. Our tuition is already very high in these professional programs,” and Idaho could lose some students to surrounding states, he said. JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, asked if he was saying Idaho’s tuition was higher for those programs than surrounding states. Vailas said in some cases, and added, “We are lower in terms of state assistance.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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