POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 9, 2011
University of Hawaii students have the expensive distinction of attending a school which charges the seventh highest tuition fee of 75 state universities.
According to President Gregg M. Sinclair, local students pay $239 a school year for two semesters in tuition and fees.
The tuition was doubled this fall, after a campus-shaking slash of the UH budget by the territory's 1951 legislature. The law-makers gave the school nearly $1,000,000 less than it was getting for the 1949-51 biennium.
President Sinclair's report is based on findings of the legislative research committee of Minnesota.
Most universities charge about $130 tuition and fees which is about what local students paid for their education before the 100 per cent increase in September. The University of California at Los Angeles charges $86 for the year in tuition. Some other universities and their tuitions are: University of Colorado, $140; University of Illinois, $120; Montana State University, $122; Ohio university, $130; University of Oregon, $165; University of Washington, $165; and University of Wisconsin, $150.
Fourteen state universities charge no tuition.
One regent noted recently that a greater number of students may migrate to mainland schools because of the tuition boost.
While President Sinclair is hesitant to discuss the matter in detail, he does admit frustration at the lack of financial elbow room.
And every monthly regents' meeting is peppered throughout with the query "Whatever you're trying to do, is it going to cost money?"
With a pocketbook containing $3,697,825 for the 1951-53 biennium, the university not only had to double its tuition, but cut out most of its tuition and foreign scholarships and cut the jobs out from under 23 members of the UH staff.