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Tuition Cut Approved

Published: July 18, 2015

CHENEY, Washington - During a special meeting on Friday, July 17, the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a $271.5 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY2016), which began July 1. The budget includes a 5 percent operating fee reduction for resident undergraduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The tuition decrease means the quarterly rate for resident undergraduates will drop from $2,457 to $2,351 ($7,052 annually). The unprecedented reduction in tuition means Eastern will remain the most affordable public university in the state. By fall 2016, tuition levels are expected to drop by another 15 percent.

EWU President Mary Cullinan has commended state lawmakers for their historic reinvestment in higher education. "This budget is great news for our hardworking students and their families," said Cullinan.

In addition, Cullinan noted the FY2016 budget includes money provided by the Legislature for EWU's student success initiatives. This funding will be used to improve students' retention and time to degree. "Eastern has the opportunity to be a national leader in developing pathways for student success," said Cullinan.

Eastern is poised to meet the needs of students with affordable tuition and high-demand degrees. In addition to the health sciences, Eastern is committed to educating the professional workforce in areas such as business and STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

"This budget," said Cullinan "will enable EWU to continue serving as a vital resource for Spokane, the region and the state."

The Board of Trustees also approved a 2015-17 capital budget totaling $84,925,000. The budget includes money for design of a new science building and $33 million in local capital from bond sales to remodel the Pence Union Building (PUB).

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