WSU Regents to Determine New Tuition Rates

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Board of Regents will discuss
tuition setting options during a special meeting on June 11. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. in
the Compton Union Building.
The Board of Regents will consider raising tuition in accordance with guidelines established
by the legislature during its last regular session. Higher education governing boards were given
authority to raise tuition by as much as 4.6 percent for the 1999-2000 school year and 3.6 percent
for the following year.
WSU’s regents are analyzing potential increase scenarios. One proposal for the coming
school year would be an increase of 4.4 percent for in-state undergraduate tuition, 3 percent for
in-state graduate students and no increase for out-of-state tuition.
Increased revenue from tuition would be used to help improve faculty salaries and provide a
pool of money for retention.
Faculty salaries and retention have been a top priority for the regents. WSU faculty
members are paid, on average, 16.7 percent less than faculty members at peer institutions.
The regents will accept public input on this issue before they conclude deliberations. They
are expected to establish the new tuition rates at this meeting.
The next WSU Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Wenatchee on June 25.