WSU Regents Vote to Limit Fall Tuition Increase to Two PercentPosted: Updated:
PULLMAN, Wash. – A proposal to limit a tuition increase at Washington State University this fall to two percent was approved Thursday by the WSU Board of Regents.
The two percent tuition increase at WSU, which assumes the state Legislature continues the tuition-setting authority granted state universities in previous biennia, is intended to provide students and parents a degree of certainty about the cost of tuition for the 2013-2014 year, despite the current legislative delay in the development of a final budget.
WSU President Elson Floyd said he had hoped the state budget would be finalized prior to the decision to set tuition. In the absence of a final state budget, he said he had instead advised both the leadership of the Legislature and the Governor's office of the university's intention to move forward in setting tuition for the coming school year.
The WSU Regents also approved a measure to proceed with the design and construction of a $23.01 million, 28,000-square-foot Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified facility will include state-of-the-art research laboratories, a research and teaching winery, a regional and international wine library, classrooms and conference rooms.
Similarly, approval was given to proceed with the design and construction of a $20 million renovation of the Chief Joseph Village Apartments, built in 1971 on the Pullman Campus to house single undergraduates. The multi-year renovation and replacement construction project would commence this year.