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Lawmakers: Will Colleges Still Seek Tuition Hikes?

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - With more money for higher education included in the governor's budget recommendation, lawmakers are wondering if Idaho's public universities will continue to seek tuition increases.

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas says it's too early to tell. Idaho's public universities have relied more heavily on student tuition and fees in recent years with a decline in state funding
for higher education. The state Board of Education approved increases ranging from 5 percent to 8.4 percent for the current school year.

At Idaho State University, where students are paying 7 percent more than they did last year as state support for higher education fell to a record low, Vailas stressed that the tuition hikes have played a relatively small role in the overall growth of his institution.

      
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