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State board approves tuition hikes after marathon meeting

After a marathon meeting that started early in the morning and stretched into the evening, the Idaho State Board of Education has set tuition and fee increases for the state’s colleges and universities: 9.5 percent for the University of Idaho, 9 percent each for BSU and ISU, 8.7 percent for LCSC and 5.1 percent for Eastern Idaho Technical College. Most of those increases were below the level the colleges requested, particularly at the U of I, which had sought a 12 percent boost in the wake of deep state budget cuts for higher education. “Students and their families, Idahoans, are struggling in this economy,” said board president Paul Agidius. “Education is the life line they’re clinging to in many cases. We have to keep that access to higher education affordable.” Click below to read the full announcement from the state board, including the new rates for both in-state and out-of-state students.


April 5, 2010                                                   

STATE BOARD SETS TUITION & FEE RATES FOR 2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR

(Boise). Calling it one of the most difficult issues facing higher education in Idaho, the Idaho State Board of Education has set the tuition/fee rates for the 2010-2011 academic year as follows:

In-State/Resident Full Time Student Rates

    * University of Idaho: $5402 annual matriculation fees* or a 9.5% increase from 2009-2010
    * Boise State University: $5300 annual tuition/fees or a 9.0% increase from 2009-2010
    * Idaho State University: $5416 annual tuition/fees or a 9.0% increase from 2009-2010
    * Lewis-Clark State College: $4998 annual tuition/fees or an 8.7% increase from 2009-2010
    * Eastern Idaho Technical College: $1840 annual tuition/fees or a 5.1% increase 2009-2010

State Board of Education President Paul C. Agidius of Moscow said finding a balance between the needs of the institutions and the ability of the student to absorb additional costs weighed heavy on the minds of board members. “Students and their families, Idahoans, are struggling in this economy. Education is the life line they’re clinging to in many cases. We have to keep that access to higher education affordable.”

“I want what’s best for our students,” said Immediate Past-President Milford Terrell. “I want our students today to have better opportunities than what we had in past generations. I believe in what we are doing and I believe we are the people that have to make that happen.

The Board also set tuition/fees for non-resident/out of state full time students for the 2010-2011 academic year as follows:

    * University of Idaho: $11,592 annual matriculation fees* or an increase of 15% from 2009-2010.
    * Boise State University: $9456 annual tuition/fees or an increase of 5.0% from 2009-2010.
    * Idaho State University: $10,500 annual tuition/fees or an increase of 7.1% from 2009-2010.
    * Lewis-Clark State College: $8908 annual tuition/fees or an increase of 8.8% from 2009-2010.
    * Eastern Idaho Technical College: $4900 annual tuition/fees or an increase of 5.1% from 2009-2010.

NOTE: *The University of Idaho is prohibited by the Idaho Constitution to charge tuition. As a result, the University of Idaho only charges matriculation fees. *

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Idaho State Board of Education is April 21-22, 2010 in Moscow at the University of Idaho.

To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, please visit www.boardofed.idaho.gov .

Follow the Board on Twitter, @IdSBOE or on Facebook.

 

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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