WSU Regents vote to limit fall tuition increase to two percent

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A proposal to limit a tuition increase at Washington State University this fall to two percent is approved today by the WSU Board of Regents.

The two percent tuition increase at WSU, which assumes the state Legislature continues the tuition-setting authority granted state universities in previous biennia, is intended to provide students and parents a degree of certainty about the cost of tuition for the 2013-2014 year, despite the current legislative delay in the development of a final budget.

WSU President Elson S. Floyd said he had hoped the state budget would be finalized prior to the decision to set tuition. In the absence of a final state budget, he said he had instead advised both the leadership of the Legislature and the Governor’s office of the university’s intention  to move forward in setting tuition for the coming school year.

"This is really our attempt to announce to the public, and most importantly to students, what our tuition will be this fall,” he said. "As a consequence of our semester system, the delay in developing a final state budget places us in a very difficult time frame.”