Posted on | August 26, 2011 | Comments Off
The University of Hawaiʻi will present to the community a proposed tuition schedule to take effect in fall 2012 through the spring 2017. At a meeting of the Board of Regents at UH Maui College, President M.R.C. Greenwood briefed members on the university’s ongoing fiscal challenges in light of state budget constraints, the plans for the new tuition schedule and the university’s anticipated requests of the 2012 Hawaiʻi State Legislature.
“We have sustained over $86 million in cuts to our core operating budget over the last two years, and I am very proud of the way our faculty, staff and students have responded to the call to tighten our belts and watch every penny,” she told regents. “But we must continue to meet our obligation of making an affordable, high-quality college degree within the reach of Hawaiʻi’s people. The modest tuition increases we are proposing are prudent, within the reach of our students, and absolutely critical to our long-term survival. Our top priority with the increased revenue will be putting more money and resources into financial aid so that we can still accommodate those students who are willing to work and study hard for that increasingly important college degree.”
Increases will include $132 per semester at UH Mānoa in the first year, $120 per semester at Hilo and $60 per semester at the community colleges. West Oʻahu, which faces start-up costs that more established campuses do not, will consider a $228 per semester increase in the first year.
The next step will be to present the proposed tuition schedules to the community statewide. Meetings are being scheduled on every campus to explain the rationale, what increases would be used for and entertain feedback from the public. This process is expected to take several weeks and the final recommendation will be presented to the Board of Regents for action at a meeting in mid-fall.
A schedule of public meetings, PDF of the presentation to the Board of Regents and links to the current and proposed tuition schedule can be found online.