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Ed Board to mull fee hikes for ID universities

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The state Board of Education is expected to decide Monday whether to allow Idaho's public universities to charge students up to 12 percent more when classes start again this fall.

Trustees have clamped down on double-digit tuition and fee increases at Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College for the past four years.

But steep declines in state funding for higher education could warrant the move.

Idaho plans to spend roughly $217 million in tax revenue on its four-year public universities during the next fiscal year, which knocks state general funding below levels established seven years ago.

It's a dilemma the board likely saw coming in December, when trustees agreed to temporarily waive a policy prohibiting requests for tuition increases of more than 10 percent for full-time students.

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