WSU board expands tuition freeze

Tri-City HeraldMay 9, 2014 

No Washington State University students will see a tuition increase after the board of regents approved a freeze at its Friday meeting.

The freeze, which includes WSU Tri-Cities in Richland, was approved earlier this year for undergrads, but Friday’s unanimous vote will expand it graduate students as well, WSU spokeswoman Kathy Barnard said. The vote means tuition will hold steady in the 2014-15 academic year, the second consecutive year of the freeze.

The recession led to dramatic increases in tuition for college students in Washington, because decreased tax revenue led to diminished state funding. WSU’s tuition increased by 81 percent between the 2007-08 school year and 2012-13.

The 2013-14 school year was the first time since 1986 that WSU students saw no tuition increase. The freeze was made possible by the state Legislature providing tens of millions of dollars in extra money to public universities.

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