WSU Expecting To Seek 6th Straight Tuition Hike As Enrollment Declines Are Predicted To Continue This Fall

The Washington State University administration is expecting to request a tuition increase for the 6th straight year.

According to documents to the WSU Regents for their meetings next week the administration expects to ask for a 2.5% tuition hike for the next academic year.  State law allows public higher education institutions to increase tuition by no more than the average annual percentage growth rate in the median hourly wage in Washington.  That number will be provided by state officials in the Spring but WSU administrators believe it will be 2.5% or greater.

The administration is telling the regents to expect a tuition hike request of 2.5% during their May meeting.  If approved it would increase WSU in-state undergraduate tuition for the 2022-23 academic year by 261 dollars to nearly 11,000 dollars.  Tuition at WSU was increased by 2.5% for the current academic year.  The regents have approved the maximum tuition increase allowed by law 3 times in the past 5 years.

The documents inform the regents to expect another drop in enrollment this Fall for the 3rd straight year.  WSU administrators say the tuition increase is needed to make up for declining revenues because of the dropping enrollment along with increasing costs caused by inflation.  The report says that WSU has already imposed budget cuts and that increasing tuition next year will lessen the need for deeper spending cuts.

The WSU Regents will discuss the expected tuition increase request during their committee meeting on Thursday.