Idaho's 4-year colleges say they will freeze in-state tuition

Posted at 2:57 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 19:03:10-05

Presidents of all four of Idaho's 4-year colleges, including Boise State University, say they will be freezing in-state undergrad tuition for the next year.

At Boise State, this means Idaho undergraduates will continue to pay $4,034 per semester for the 2020-21 school year.

“Boise State is committed to ensuring that all Idaho students who want to pursue their higher education goals can access world-class educational opportunities here,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State president.

The tuition freeze follows Gov. Little’s call for all state agencies to prepare for potential 1 percent cuts for this fiscal year and ongoing 2 percent cuts starting next fiscal year — and Dr. Tromp said she wants everyone on campus to know this all means asking a famously innovative and efficient institution to be even more creative and financially deft.

State Board President Debbie Critchfield says she will work with state leaders to rekindle investments in Idaho’s higher education.

“We are grateful the state is continuing to invest in higher education but when we have discussions about a long-term plan, we must acknowledge the fact that state funding hasn’t recovered to pre-recession levels while internal costs at the universities keep increasing,” Critchfield said. “Board members and the presidents look forward to working with policy makers to develop strategies for a sustainable funding model that moves students and Idaho forward.”

Boise State says Idaho's public universities have the 8th lowest tuition in the country.