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"Everyone's Feeling the Hurt": WSU Board of Regents Raise Tuition 16 Percent

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    PULLMAN, Wash. – The Board of Regents of Washington State University on Monday afternoon approved a proposal that will raise tuition for in-state undergraduate students by 16 percent for the 2011-12 academic year.>>
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PULLMAN, Wash. - It took the Washington State University Board of Regents about 28 minutes to approve a 16 percent tuition increase for students late Monday afternoon.

The tuition increase, which was the amount recommended by the Legislature in passing the state budget earlier this week, will raise the annual tuition paid by a typical in-state undergraduate student to $9,374 for the 2011-12 academic year. That's $1,492 more than what in-state students pay now.

About 30 people attended the meeting in Pullman, led by WSU President Dr. Elson Floyd, while the regents from Spokane, Tri Cities, and Vancouver campuses voted via teleconference.

Floyd expressed concern for the financial impact on students but explained that a tuition hike was necessary to protect programs and prevent even deeper cuts to the University's budget in light of major state budget shortfalls for higher education. As proposed by lawmakers, the state budget reduces WSU's budgeted state appropriation by about $108 million over the 2011-13 biennium. That represents a 26 percent reduction in WSU's current maintenance budget level and will mean that, over four years, the University will have experienced a net state appropriated budget reduction of 52 percent, or $231 million.

"It's very painful. As a first generation college student, I know how difficult it is and how important it is for individuals to go to college. I'm a beneficiary of it," Floyd told KHQ Monday. "So we're going to do everything we can to make WSU affordable."

All regents voted in favor of the tuition hikes except for the WSU Student Regent.

It was hard news to hear for students like Veronica Gamboa who juggles work and student loans to pay for her pre-med classes. She's on track to graduate from WSU next year but feared tuition increases could derail her plans.

"If tuition continues to raise, it will get to the point where I won't be able to afford coming to college. I might be forced to drop out and attend a community college back home," she said. "It's just going to throw me off."

Gamboa is one of many students across WSU - and the state - forced to make tough choices about their scholastic futures. These days, students are often racking up thousands of dollars in debt and hours at work to pay for the rising costs of tuition. It was clear on campus, a 16 percent spike in tuition costs would take a toll on students.

"I'm going to be able to make it work but it's kind of a terrible quality of life thing because I'm working all the time," student Travis Peterson said.

"That definitely affects me," Samantha Grimm explained, a mechanical engineering student. "I don't get anything for financial aid so it will be harder so come up with the money."

Student Rachel Johnson said, "I feel like it's kind of ridiculous because they keep raising it over and over and over again and sooner or later everyone is going to have to take out loans and no one's going to be able to go to college."

School officials said they've trimmed dozens of classes, positions and several programs to close the budget gap in years past. But many students argued that WSU could do even more to tighten the University's belt.

"Why do they have so many free T-shirts?" Johnson continued. "Why do we have 'PB&J Wednesdays'? Why are they spending money on those things when they could spend that money on programs."

"I just think it needs to be better allocated," Peterson continued.

Even with a 16 percent increase in tuition, Floyd explained that WSU will still have to close a $49 million dollar gap. He said staff will discuss options about how to close that gap this summer and present a more formal plan in the fall.

"Everyone's feeling the hurt," Gamboa said.

These tuition hikes only apply for the 2011-12 academic year.

President Floyd wrote about this issue in a recent column. The complete column can be read at http://president.wsu.edu/blog/perspectives/?p=203 .



 A LIST OF TUITION INCREASES AS FOLLOWS:

2011-2012 Proposed Tuition Rates

Annual
Full-time
rate

 

Undergraduate Resident
Undergraduate Non-Resident
Undergraduate DDP Non-Resident

$9,374
$20,652
$14,058

(16% increase)
(8% increase)
16% increase)

 

Graduate Resident
Graduate Non-Resident
Graduate DDP Non-Resident

 

$9,676
$22,830
$14,514

 

(16% increase)
(8% increase)
(16% increase)

 

Master of Nursing Resident1
Master of Nursing Non-Resident1

 

$15,958
$30,720

 

(8% increase)
(5% increase)

 

PharmD Resident
PharmD Non-Resident

 

$18,510
$35,234

 

(8% increase)
4% increase)

 

DVM Resident
DVM Non-Resident

 

$20,402
$50,366

 

(7% increase)
(5% increase)

 

WWAMI Resident
WWAMI Non-Resident

 

Per MOU2
Per MOU2

 

 

Professional Masters Programs Resident
Professional Masters Programs Non-Resident

 

TBD
TBD

 


Notes:

1 Students continually enrolled in the Masters of Nursing program since 2004]2005 academic year pay a lower transitional rate as they complete their programs. For 2011-12 annual building + operating rates are $12,712 for resident students and $28,140 for non]resident students.

2 Under a memorandum of understanding between WSU and UW, students attending the first year of medical school in Seattle, Pullman, or Spokane will pay the same total tuition and enrollment fees. These rates are set by the University of Washington for the medical school. Other mandatory fees are assessed based on the campus where the student is enrolled.

 

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