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Tuition set to increase for 23rd straight year

Published: Monday, January 30, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 01:01

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The University System of New Hampshire passed a 6 percent increase in tuition and room and board costs for the 2012-2013 school year for in-state students at the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College and Plymouth State University, and a 1.6 percent increase for out-of-state students last week.

For UNH students, this means an additional $1,484 and $624, respectively.

The increase follows a steady trend of increasing tuition that began in 1974 for out-of-state students. For in-state students, tuition has increased every year since 1989.

UNH is not unique to tuition hikes. According to a 2011 article in the Chicago Tribune, "Tuition at the average public university jumped 8.3 percent to $8,244" in the last year.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily increased spending that causes tuition hikes. Often times, finances are redirected toward areas in the budget that are affected by cuts.

Last year, the education system lost $48.4 million of its $100 million in funding from the state, and the greater increase in in-state tuition costs can be largely attributed to the state's subsidy cuts for New Hampshire students, USNH officials said.

After the cut, the state ranks last in higher education financial support.

Several university officials, including Erika Mantz of university communications, Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student affairs, and Joanna Young, associate vice president for finance, said that although UNH is struggling financially, the school is very committed to having budget cuts affect students as little as possible.

"UNH is committed to maintaining quality academic programs for our students by working hard to reduce expenses and increase efficiencies, including a hiring freeze," Young said.

Approximately 30 percent of state residents qualify for Federal Pell grant eligibility based on their financial need, and almost 80 percent of students receive some form of aid.

"Despite ongoing budget challenges, in-state financial grant aid for degree candidates funded by USNH education and general expenses has increased nearly six-fold, from $5.2 million in 2002 to $30.8 million in fiscal year 2012," Young said.

Increasing the out-of-state student population is another important financial tactic, as is increasing capacity through eUNH (online courses) and larger summer enrollment, officials said.

The total cost for in-state students at UNH for the upcoming year will be $26,186, and out-of-state students will pay $38,646.

"Compared to private schools, UNH remains a bargain for out-of-state students," Young wrote in a collaborated email with Mantz and Rubinstein. "The number of high school graduates in New Hampshire and in New England has been declining for the past several years, and this pattern is expected to continue for several more years. Maintaining current levels of enrollment – and even pursuing modest growth – allows for economies of scale in delivering many of the essential services that support a college education."

UNH    In-State    Out-of-State

Tuition    $13,670    $26,130

Fees    $2,752    $2,752

Room & Board*    $9,764    $9,764

Total    $26,186    $38,646


PSU    In-State    Out-of-State

Tuition    $10,410    $17,310

Fees    $2,150    $2,150

Room & Board*    $8,990    $8,990

Total    $21,550    $28,450


KSC    In-State    Out-of-State

Tuition    $10,410    $17,310

Fees    $2,366    $2,366

Room & Board*    $8,762    $8,762

Total    $21,538    $28,438


UNHM    In-State    Out-of-State

Tuition    $13,350    $25,810


GSC    In-State    Out-of-State

Credit-Hour    $285    $295

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A Professor
Fri Feb 3 2012 10:18
Hey Anonymous Staff whiner . . . read the comment. I said nothing about more compensation. I was pointing out the fact that TNH cannot blame faculty salaries for tuition increases (as they have been inclined to do), because there has been no salary increase for faculty for going on three years.

If you don't like "the hit on benefits cutting" then you have nobody to blame but yourself. Why is it that the AAUP did not have its benefits unilaterally cut? Oh, that's right, the faculty union have collective bargaining rights that the staff were too afraid to support.

When staff had the chance to join a union and protect their benefits, they timidly declined, preferring to cower in the supine posture of obedient and complacent servants. For what the benefits cuts cost you, you could have paid your union dues several times over, and would have been in a position to protect what you already had, and negotiate salary and benefits like equals. Now you get whatever the administration dictates. How's that working out for you?

Wed Feb 1 2012 19:49
UNH can charge what the market will bear - and it does. Caveat emptor.

Increasing tuition cost to offset poor business practices and management is not a strategy. Enrollment will suffer once UNH is both most expensive and unable to provide financial aid.

Could the administration actually believe that UNH can compete with other universities, pinning all of it's hopes and dreams on attracting out of state and online students? I think there's a greater chance that we will be witnessing the administration run UNH into the ground.

The focus should be on making the UNH experience worthwhile and affordable to its primary customers (the people of New Hampshire in case anyone had forgotten) through means other than an unrealistic, ill-managed and not wholly thought through scheme.

Wed Feb 1 2012 14:53
Hey Professor whiner... the rest of us have had no salary increases either, not to mention we took the hit on benefits cutting (which AAUP has not taken, yet). So, if anyone needs some compensation, it's staff above faculty, in the priority order.
Wed Feb 1 2012 11:30
Well, ol' Huddleston has to have money to buy more planes and motorcycles, so he can tweet about them. Seriously, read his Twitter and throw up at his lack of sensitivity.
A Professor
Wed Feb 1 2012 08:28
TNH Editors: Please Take Note. This tuition increase is brought to you by the USNH Board of Trustees, with the generous assistance of the New Hampshire state legislature.

It was imposed even though the UNH faculty have been working without a contract since July 1, 2010, and have not had a raise since July 1, 2009. It was imposed even though tuition went up last year, and the year before, and the year before that. It was imposed even though there has been NO decrease in enrollment, and no change in the percentage of non-resident students attending UNH.

So, just to be clear, the next time you want to editorialize against the AAUP, don't trust the lies told by the administration about how faculty union raises are causing tuition increases.

Sheep Herder
Tue Jan 31 2012 11:28
I don't think the administration or legislature needs to be worried about this. Tuition increases are always blindly accepted by students with little or no complaint. Just don't try to change important things like quiet hours or drinking rules lol.

They are such good sheep at UNH.

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