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Enrollment increase needed for ISU tuition-lock

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 13:17:02-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Board of Education approved a key component to the tuition-lock pilot program at Idaho State University Wednesday. However, the program's success depends on whether the school can attract more students.

Both University of Idaho and Idaho State University have seen a decrease in student enrollment in the last decade. ISU's total enrollment was 13,032 in 2015, compared to 13,977 in 2005.

ISU officials on Wednesday told the board members they will use their reserve finances to pay for the program, initially.

They will then need to attract 203 more students to the university over the next three years to continue financing the plan.

Under the proposal incoming 2016 freshman would pay a fixed tuition for all four years of college.

A similar statewide proposal was killed in the 2016 Legislature.