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USNH Puts Off Deciding On In-State Tuition Hike

Jim Graham
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In-state students in the University of New Hampshire system may have to wait until June to know how much tuition will cost this coming school year. The University System’s Board of Trustees announced today they would not set rates for in-state students until they learn how much state funding they will receive during this budget cycle.

That could make it tricky for some families to decide what they can afford to attend.

“It is a challenge, no question about it. It does create a more difficult decision process for students and families,” said Chancellor of University System, Todd Leach, “There’s no question that the earlier we can get that information to students the better, that’s why we set the out of state tuition rates at this last board meeting, giving us as much time and giving families and students as much time as we could to make those decisions.”

The university system has requested its funding be increased from $81 million dollars this year, to $100 million next year, and $107 million in 2016. In 2009 and 2010 the universities received $100 million a year from the state, and but in 2011 funding was cut by nearly 50 percent.

University officials have offered to freeze in-state tuition at today’s rates if the state agrees increase the appropriation.

The university trustees did set tuition for out-of-state students. Those increases are $670 or a 2.5% at UNH, $550 or 3.0% at Keene State College, $460 or 2.5% at Plymouth State University, and $10 per credit hour or 3.2% at Granite State College.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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