Idaho Colleges, Universities Ask For Tuition, Fee Hikes



When the Idaho State Board of Education convenes later today in Moscow, it will once again consider increasing tuition and fees at the Gem State's public colleges and universities.

Full-time resident fee increases being recommended by college presidents for the 2012-2013 academic year are:
Boise State - $5,884, a 5.7 percent increase
University of Idaho - $6,212, a 6.1 percent increase
Idaho State University - $6,070, a 4.7 percent increase
Lewis-Clark State College - $5,562, a 4 percent increase
Eastern Idaho Technical College - $2,022, a 4.7 percent increase

According to the State Board, the average cost to attend Idaho's four-year institutions has grown from $11,787 in 2003 to $17,623 in 2011, or 50 percent, while the idaho per capita income has increased from $26,035 to $31,962, or 23 percent.

Here are the 2003-2011 increases in the cost to attend college:
Tuition and Fees - 76 percent
Books and supplies - 18 percent
Room and board - 46 percent
Personal and transportation - 41 percent
Total cost to attend - 50 percent

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