Idaho Colleges, Universities Ask For Tuition, Fee Hikes

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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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