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College Tuition In Idaho Is On Par With Western Region

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

Boise State University winter commencement, 2011.

Idaho college and university presidents spent the first part of this week making their pitches to the Legislature for funding.

The common theme: as more Idahoans seek a college degree, the state needs to invest more in higher education.

Boise State president Bob Kustra told the Legislature’s budget panel, a decade ago, the university received about one-third of its budget from the state. Now, it’s closer to one-fifth. Kustra said that means the school, like many across the region, have to look for other sources of funding.  He says tuition is a big component.

“We have increased tuition and fees and we will do that again,” Kustra said. “We will do so reasonably. We will always be watching what the rest of the West is doing.”

The average cost for one year at a 4-year Idaho university is $5,723, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Here’s a list of those state averages:

Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition & Fees For Full-Time Students
StateAcademic Year 2012-2013
New Mexico$4,174
North Dakota$6,042
South Dakota$7,513

Source: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

We also broke down annual tuition costs at some of the region’s 4-year schools:

Average Tuition At Western Universities
University Average Full-Time Tuition 2012-2013
Boise State University$5,884
Idaho State University$6,070
Montana State University$6,705
Portland State University$7,653
University of Idaho$6,212
University of Montana $5,973
University of Nevada - Las Vegas$6,585
University of Oregon$9,310
University of Utah$7,139
Utah State University $5,931

Source: Montana University System, Boise State University, University of Idaho, The Chronicle of Higher Education


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