New state rules morph tuition landscape

Today the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved increases in tuition rates: a 13 percent increase for full time students and an 11 percent hike for part time students.

The state budget set the SBCTC tuition-increase limit at 12 percent. Today the state board said the 13 + 11 formula results in an average increase of 12. I wonder if that’s what the legislature had in mind. You can read about the state board tuition policy here: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/documents/SBCTC_Board_Meeting_Action_June-2011.pdf

With the state board policy in place we nearly have the final array of tuition rate hikes approved for the next two years. The UW is supposed to vote on a tuition hike around 20 percent on June 30. The other baccalaureates have already decided:

  • EWU will increase tuition 11 percent per year in the upcoming biennium. Other budget-balancing strategies include eliminating  up to 10 degree programs and 15 – 20 positions.
  • WWU will increase tuition 16 percent per year andborrow $4.1 million in reserves for the first fiscal year of the biennium. According to the Bellingham Herald“…several classes and majors are being combined, including areas of music and studio arts. Classes with fewer than 10 people registered won’t be offered. Some programs, including Arabic, are being moved to self-sustaining funding. Several positions, including the assistant vice president of Student Affairs and Academic Support, are being eliminated…. overall, rebasing and budget cuts will affect the equivalent of about 68 full-time positions.”
  • Evergreen’s tuition is going up by 14 percent per year, as Central’s will.
  • WSU approved an increase of 16 percent this fall and will revisit the issue next spring.
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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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