WSU Considers New Tuition Setting Authority

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Board of Regents will begin
preliminary discussions of new tuition setting procedures and goals when they meet Friday, May
7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre. Action on potential tuition changes is not expected
until the regents meet again in June.
In its latest session, the Washington Legislature granted new tuition setting authority for
state universities. Once the governor approves the legislation, a university’s governing board
will be authorized to adjust tuition revenue according to needs such as program support and
instructional quality.
The new parameters allow a maximum increase of 4.6 percent for the 1999-2000 school year,
and 3.6 percent for 2001-2002. Tuition variations are allowed for different classes of students,
such as graduate students or out-of-state students.
Increased revenue from higher tuition could be used to help meet a variety of needs that are
not funded by the state budget. They include such issues as faculty salary increases and
promotions, continued Internet bandwidth expansion and access, wage increases for student
employees, fully funded maintenance of new buildings and other quality improvements.
University administrators have already briefed student and faculty leaders about the
implications of the new tuition setting authority. Regents will receive a similar briefing during
committee meetings on Friday morning.