UH proposes tuition cuts and freezes for students at all campuses

University of Hawaiʻi
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
UH Spokesman, UH Communications
Posted: Jan 24, 2019

The University of Hawaiʻi administration is proposing a decrease and subsequent freeze in tuition rates at UH’s 10 campuses to make public higher education in Hawaiʻi even more affordable. The proposed tuition schedule for the next four academic years goes before the UH Board of Regents at its January 31 meeting at UH West Oʻahu.

The proposal would decrease approved tuition rates for nearly all students for the 2019-2020 academic year and then freeze those lowered rates for the 3-year period from 2020-2023.  Some of the larger decreases apply to graduate and non-resident tuition rates, which have risen substantially above peers and are now a hindrance to enrollment growth.

“This unprecedented request would provide most UH students and their families with a flat tuition rate for five consecutive years including 2018-19,” said UH President David Lassner. “If approved, it will be a strong demonstration of our university commitment to affordability and will work in concert with the remarkable Early College and Hawaiʻi Promise programs supported by the State to help bring the benefits of public higher education to more of Hawaiʻi’s citizenry.”

Read more at UH Newshttps://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/01/27/proposed-tuition-cuts-and-freezes/




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SOUNDBITES: David Lassner, University of Hawaiʻi President 

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UH President David Lassner

“Assuming the Board of Regents approves this, it will be a strong demonstration of the university’s unified commitment to affordability and to doing our part.”

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“We really had two objectives: one was to maximize and even improve affordability of public higher education for the people of Hawaiʻi, and the second was to increase our competitiveness for mainland and international students.”