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Tuition Rollback Recommended

Published: May 16, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University will reduce the planned tuition rate for the 2014 -15 academic year by six percent, giving resident undergraduate students a second consecutive year of no tuition increase.

With the announcement, EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo noted Eastern's overall tuition and cost of attendance - which includes fees, housing and books - remains the lowest among the state's public institutions, as reflected by this chart. Figures show students can save as much as $27,000 over four years by attending Eastern rather than one of the research universities in the state of Washington.

"The university is excited to announce this great news for our students," said President Arévalo. "It is my strong belief that holding down the cost of tuition is the best financial aid we can give students. This will allow students to achieve their academic goals, while reducing their student debt."

Last year, EWU's Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a six percent tuition increase for 2014-15 because of uncertainties over the future amount of state support for higher education. But, at the May 15th BOT meeting, President Arévalo recommended that the Board of Trustees approve an action to rollback tuition by six percent, and keep tuition at the current level for the next academic year. The board will vote on the matter at its June meeting when it approves a supplemental budget.

This means tuition at Eastern will be $2,457 per quarter, or $7,372, for the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, President Arévalo urged state lawmakers to make college education more affordable and accessible through increased funding to help avoid steep tuition increases in the future.


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