The Washington State University Board of Regents is expected to freeze tuition for the second year in a row. The board meets Thursday and Friday in Pullman after regents agreed earlier this spring to keep tuition where it’s at.
College tuition is has increased dramatically over the past decade. WSU increased tuition by 81 percent since 2007.
“When I was young, you could work a summer job and pay your tuition. But that's not possible for students today,” said Connie Niva, Chair of the Board of Regents. “We don’t want to see students in the state of Washington get priced out."
Regents planned to raise tuition by two percent last year, but the state legislature allocated tens of millions of more dollars to the state’s public universities. All state schools agreed to cap tuition.
Students at WSU and the University of Washington find this to be welcoming news.
“The better the tuition, the lower my student debt,” said Alex Chun, a junior at UW.
The average tuition for a resident student in the U.S. is $8,800. An average student at WSU and UW pay more than $12,000 per year.