WSU students facing 16 percent tuition hike

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 6 at 9:32 PM

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.

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