Regents Vote to Raise Tuition at Flagship Campuses

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The Board of Regents is raising tuition at the state’s two flagship campuses in Missoula and Bozeman.

Students at those schools will see a 3 percent tuition increase. The board voted, however, to continue a tuition freeze at smaller campuses.

The tuition increase for the next two years was approved on a 4-3 vote Friday. It will take effect at Montana State University’s Bozeman campus and University of Montana’s Missoula campus.

Under the plan, some of the state funding tagged for those schools will be used to offset funding gaps at the smaller campuses.

The seven-member board also voted to allow annual increases of up to 3 percent for existing fees, but postponed making a decision about any new fees or larger increases.

A proposal to instead raise tuition by 5 percent at the two schools failed on a 5-2 vote

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