April 21, 2014 — Vol. 30 No. 14
Idaho State University's proposed 3.5 percent tuition and fee increase for the 2014-15 academic year was approved by the State Board of Education Wednesday, April 16.
Resident students will pay $6,566 and nonresident students will pay $12,760 annually in tuition and fees in 2014-15. The change represents the lowest increase among the state's public research universities, and the lowest ISU has had in 26 years.
"We are committed to providing our students great educational opportunities at an exceptional value," said ISU President Arthur Vailas.
In an effort to provide additional financial support for students, ISU plans to expand the Career Path Internship program, which offers paid opportunities for students to gain professional experience both on and off campus. The program employed nearly 700 students on ISU's campuses during the 2013-14 academic year. The University invested nearly $1.4 million to support the program last year.
The University has also expanded its scholarship offerings to offset the recent change in state financial aid. ISU has implemented a retention scholarship, which increases exponentially each year a student is enrolled. The program supports ISU's ongoing retention efforts.
"Despite financial challenges related to increasing operational costs and decreases in state funding, we continue to look for opportunities to invest in our students," said James Fletcher, ISU vice president for finance and administration.