The Washington State University Board of Regents recently approved a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the coming year.
The increase will amount to a $249 rise for in-state undergraduate tuition, to just over $10,000 a year. The maximum tuition rate increase allowed in the state of Washington is tied to the growth rate of the median hourly wage in the state. This will be the fourth consecutive year Wazzu has elected to raise tuition by the maximum allowed amount.
Earlier this month, state leaders told WSU to expect a 15 percent drop in state support for the coming year — amounting to about a 10 percent drop in total revenues for the university, or a loss of about $37 million. If the board had declined to approve the tuition increase, school officials say it would have added another $4 million to $6 million to the drop in revenues.
WSU President Kirk Schulz says he’s sympathetic about the uncertain fiscal futures facing many students and their families, but increases in tuition are necessary for the school to weather the economic storm created by COVID-19 pandemic. (Lewiston Tribune)