UM President Recommends 9 Percent Tuition Increase

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – The president of the University of Montana is recommending a 9 percent tuition increase over two years for Montana’s universities.

President Royce Engstrom is suggesting a 5 percent increase for students in the first year and a 4 percent increase in the second but keeping two-year college tuition level.

The Missoulian reports Engstrom, the Montana State University president and the state’s commissioner of higher education are still working on a statewide tuition increase agreement. State lawmakers cut $13.8 million from the university system budget over the next two years.

The state Board of Regents is meeting Thursday and Friday in Kalispell to discuss the issue and set tuition rates.

The proposed increase would raise tuition costs by several hundred dollars per year for in-state students at UM and MSU.

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