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Brace yourself for another round of tuition hikes at Idaho’s public universities

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Boise State University holds its spring commencement ceremony, graduating 2,682 students who qualified for 2,935 degrees in various colleges. Graduates express themselves and their time at BSU with decorated caps.
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Boise State University holds its spring commencement ceremony, graduating 2,682 students who qualified for 2,935 degrees in various colleges. Graduates express themselves and their time at BSU with decorated caps.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect the State Board action.

Idaho’s public universities were granted their requested tuition and fee increases by the State Board of Education on Wednesday in Moscow — and resident students will absorb increases of at least 4.9 percent. The increases passed on a 5-3 vote.

Idaho State University has the largest price hike, with a 6.1 percent increase in undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state residents.

Here’s a summary of the requests contained in State Board of Education agenda documents:

Boise State University will increase undergraduate tuition and fees 4.9 percent, to $8,068, for in-state residents. Graduate school tuition and fees, and nonresident tuition and fees, will increase 5.2 percent.

The University of Idaho asked to increase undergraduate in-state tuition and fees 5.6 percent, to $8,304. Graduate costs will increase 5.6 percent and nonresident costs will jump 9.1 percent. The U of I request included a $30-per-year increase in the facility fee to help fund the Idaho Central Credit Union Arena.

Idaho State’s 6.1 percent increase will raise undergraduate tuition and fees to $7,872 for residents. Graduate and nonresident costs will increase 5 percent.

Lewis Clark State College requested a 5.5 percent increase in undergraduate tuition and fees, meaning a cost of $6,982 for in-state residents. Nonresident costs will increase 3 percent.

These requests came on the heels of 5 percent increases for residents at Boise State and U of I last year (4.5 percent at LCSC and 3.5 percent at ISU). The increases for 2017-18 were 3.5 percent at Boise State, Idaho and Lewis Clark, and 3 percent at Idaho State.

Undergraduate costs at Boise State for Idahoans will have jumped by nearly $1,000 per year since the 2016-17 school year. Idaho’s increase will be nearly $1,100 over that same time frame.

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Chadd Cripe has worked at the Idaho Statesman for 22 years and is the assistant editor. His duties include overseeing the Sports department.

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