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Regents scheduled to approve tuition increase Wednesday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:52 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2011

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is scheduled to approve a proposal that would increase tuition on all campuses over the next five years.

Administrators unveiled the plan in August and solicited comments in a series of meetings over the last month.

Approval of the tuition increase is on the agenda for Wednesday's 9 a.m. meeting at the Hawaii Carpenters Union Training Center in Kapolei at 2040 Lauwiliwili St.

Under the proposal presented to the regents in August, annual tuition would rise by 35 percent over the next five years for a resident undergraduate student — from the current $8,400 a year to $11,376 in 2016.

Resident tuition at UH West Oahu would go up 49 percent over five years, to $7,656 in 2016-2017, from $5,136 this year, equal to what UH-Hilo students would pay.

Based on comments from the public meetings, UH administrators made a few changes to the tuition proposal. Tuition for the UH law school will increase by an extra one percent under the new proposal. The administration says UH law school tuition is "substantially lower" than the projected national average, but balanced the increase with the need to keep rates "affordability low." Law school tuition would go up by a total of $1,512 a year by 2016.

The university is also looking at providing more on-campus jobs to help students pay tuition and increasing financial aid at community colleges with the some of the additional tuition revenue.

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood called the increases "modest," and said they are needed to make up for budget cuts.

"Given the fiscal realities of the state, the university must rely on tuition revenues more than it has in the past," Greenwood said.


Memo to UH Regents on tuition increase

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Bdpapa wrote:
In these austere times, it is going to make it more difficult for college students. The ones who will be hurt most is those who do not have financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. The working student and those from working families will suffer. There are some more affluent who it may affect, but not greatly. Itʻs still cheaper than a mainland istitution.
on October 25,2011 | 09:33AM
Waianae94589 wrote:
President Greenwood, how about you take a "reasonable" salary cut of 35 to 49 percent over the next five years?
on October 25,2011 | 10:26AM
Bdpapa wrote:
At this time, I would be happy if she stopped taking the housing allowance that she does not deserve because she has more than adequate housing available to her in Manoa.
on October 25,2011 | 11:02AM
Nevadan wrote:
The BOR need to be replaced with one which place students first. The present one considers Greenwood's live-in a higher priority than students. Sick, sick and ......
on October 25,2011 | 11:46AM
1local wrote:
An Audit of the University should be conducted - Just raising tuition to bring in additional income is not a justification. Efficient use of existing resources should be looked into in order to realize the actual cost of providing a college education. The amount of increase may be too low or too high. The president should provide a direction for the University to strive for...
on October 25,2011 | 01:21PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
At this rate less fortunate Hawaiians will NOT be able to attend and EARN a college degree. According to the Office of Minority Health a DISMAL 10% of Hawaiians have a college degree versus 27% of Caucasians http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=71 This disparity will be MUCH wider when these tuition INCREASES are enforced by the Democrat Regime in Hawai'i. It is a SAD, SAD "New" Day in HAWAI'I.
on October 25,2011 | 06:48PM
1assa wrote:
good timing. wot a kick in the n...ts
on October 5,2012 | 11:17PM
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