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Golden Parachutes are Expensive -- Massive tuition increases approved by UH regents
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 3157 Views :: Higher Education

Modest tuition increases approved by regents

From UH News July 21, 2016

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved a tuition increase for the ten campus system over a three-year period that starts with a zero percent increase in the first year. The tuition increase is for the 2017–18 through the 2019–20 academic years, and the increases range from one to two percent in years two and three.

The university initially proposed a two percent increase in the first year for the UH Mānoa campus but amended the proposal at the July 21, 2016 board meeting where the increase was approved.

“I reviewed all the testimony this week and the testimony from this morning and I am struck by the request that we dig more deeply from within,” said President David Lassner, when he proposed the change. The regents accepted the proposal and asked for the administration to report back within a year.

“We are requiring the administration to report its progress on alternative financing of repairs for Mānoa. We also want to see an enrollment management plan to address recruitment and retention with target numbers and a Mānoa campus management master plan that is based on a study of current space utilization incorporating findings of an integrated, high level academic strategic plan,” said Regent Chair Jan Sullivan.

UH leadership stressed that the money raised through the increase will only be used for projects that modernize student spaces, classrooms and laboratories.

“The priority is to follow the UH strategic directions to build a 21st century university that provides the absolute best and most modern environment for our students—an environment designed for interdisciplinary collaboration that supports modern teaching, learning, innovation and scholarship,” said UH Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy Risa Dickson.

Tuition increases by campus
Campus Year 1 (2017–18) Year 2 (2018–19) Year 3 (2019–20)
UH Mānoa 0 % 2 % 2 %
UH Hilo 0 % 1 % 1 %
UH West Oʻahu 0 % 1 % 1 %
UH Community Colleges (lower division) 0 % 2 % 2 %
UH Community Colleges (upper division) 0 % 1 % 1 %

Non-resident rates should be increased at the same dollar value.

For more information, go to the tuition schedule website.

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