For first time in decades, WSU, UW tuition to hold steady

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SPOKANE (AP) — For the first time in 27 years, tuition will not increase next year for students at Washington State University.

The WSU Board of Regents on Monday rescinded a previously approved 2 percent tuition increase for the 2013-2014 school year. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that in the past four years alone, tuition at WSU has risen by about 70 percent, to about $11,000 per year.

At the University of Washington, tuition will essentially not increase as well, except for a $14 student-approved fee, for a total of $12,397.

The state’s 2013-2015 budget calls for no tuition increases at any of the state’s public universities for the 2013-14 school year.

“This is a great day for our students and a wonderful day for their families and very much consistent with what we’ve been trying to do, that is to keep tuition as low as possible,” WSU President Elson Floyd said.

Taylor Hennessey, president of WSU’s Associated Students, said student government leaders were also pleased.

“I could not be more proud to call myself a Coug,” Hennessey said.

WSU students will, however, see a $10 increase in the services and activities fee on the Pullman and Spokane campuses.

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