Idaho's public universities won't raise tuition if governor's budget is approved

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 09:20:42-05

Idaho's three public universities agreed to not raise tuition if Gov. Brad Little's budget is approved.

The presidents of University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University pledged to not raise tuition if Little's higher education budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is approved by the legislature, according to the State Board of Education.

The proposed higher ed budget would reinstate $15.4 million previously cut through a 5% state holdback ordered last year in response to the pandemic, according to the SBOE. It would mark the second year in a row with no tuition increases.

All three univeristy presidents — BSU President Marlene Tromp, UI President C. Scott Green and ISU President Kevin Satterlee — agreed not to raise tuition.

"Above all, Boise State University is committed to student success, knowing the incredible promise that a university education holds for students and their families, their communities and our incredible state,” Tromp said in a statement.

Idaho Ed News reports the proposal would add $315.2 million of general fund tax dollars toward higher education next year, an $8.2 million increase from the higher ed budget passed in 2020.