Schweitzer Administration: Tuition Freeze in Sight

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s education adviser has told lawmakers that another tuition freeze is in sight if they follow the governor’s budget plan.

Schweitzer has proposed a budget plan that increases base funding for local schools and higher education — but does so in a way many Republican lawmakers oppose. The GOP controls of both chambers of the Legislature.

Schweitzer education adviser Dan Villa spoke Wednesday to a joint committee being introduced to the budget. Villa says the governor’s office believes higher education officials will hold tuition steady if the governor’s budget isn’t cut.

The Board of Regents can set tuition and their budget independently of what the Legislature and governor decide.

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