Tuition increases of 2 percent or less over the next three years are being proposed by the University of Hawaiʻi for public discussion to address the $500 million systemwide deferred maintenance backlog that has developed over past decades and institute best practices to prevent its recurrence.
The proposed schedule covers the period from the 2017–18 through the 2019–20 academic years with annual increases ranging from zero to 2 percent across the 10 UH campuses in each year.
- UH Mānoa will use tuition increases to begin a multi-year plan to eliminate its deferred maintenance backlog using revenue bonds.
- The UH Community Colleges will use the tuition increases to eliminate their current deferred maintenance backlog using revenue bonds.
- UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu will use tuition increases to establish sinking funds for capital renewal and maintenance, consistent with national best practices, to prevent backlogs from occurring.
Following discussion by the Board of Regents, the proposal will be vetted during a series of public meetings statewide. Public input will be used as appropriate to make revisions to the tuition proposal, which is scheduled to go to the Board of Regents for formal approval at a duly noticed public meeting in June 2016.