The College of Western Idaho board voted Tuesday not to increase tuition and fees at the two-year school for the fourth year in a row.
The cost will remain at $136 per credit hour. The school did away with three fees totaling $10 and increased tuition by the same amount.
But the school expects to ask for $196,000 more in property tax revenue – the 3 percent increase it is allowed by state law – to help cover expenses. This school year property taxes contributed $6.5 million toward the school’s $53.4 million budget, about 12 percent of the total.
CWI is budgeting for a 5 percent decrease in the number of credit hours it will teach next year to students taking classes and expecting to transfer to a four-year college.
CWI is budgeting for no change in professional-technical credit hours.
The anticipated enrollment decline comes as more people move out of education and back in to jobs, now that the economy is improving, said Bert Glandon, CWI president.