PULLMAN, Wash. – Students at Washington State University are bracing for what will be the third double digit increase in their tuition rates in three years.
University officials approved a 16% tuition hike for the fall 2011 semester.
News of higher tuition costs have students fired up, but administrators say it has to be done to off-set more than $100 million in cuts made by Washington lawmakers.
Even with the higher tuition rates, WSU will lose $40 million.
“The state funding is eroding and eroding and eroding underneath our students, and when they assume a 16% increase in the budget there is no flexibility for us,” said Chief WSU Budgeting Officer Joan King.
The tuition spike will cost in-state undergraduates more than $1,200 more. Graduate students will have to pay an extra $1,300.
At the University of Idaho, students will pay an extra $450.00 dollars a year making the new tuition total $5,856. The increase will match and balance the cuts made by Idaho legislators.