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UH Board of Regents reduces previously approved tuition increases

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii Board of Regents Thursday approved a proposal by UH President David Lassner to reduce tuition increases for resident undergraduate students for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. 

This change affects the previously approved seven-percent tuition increases in the fourth and fifth years of the current five-year tuition schedule approved in 2011 for all campuses.

The tuition increases for resident undergraduate students were reduced as follows:
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa – from 7% to 5%
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo – from 7% to 4%
  • University of Hawaii – West Oahu – from 7% to 4%
  • University of Hawaii Community Colleges (seven campuses) – from 7% to 5% (4% for upper division)
President Lassner credited funding support from the state legislature with helping to position the university so that a lower tuition increase could be considered. “The UH administration is very focused on cost containment and improved efficiencies,” Lassner said. “I thank the legislature and our campuses for working extremely hard to ensure that high-quality public higher education in Hawaii remains available and affordable for all.”

UH Vice President for Budget and Finance Kalbert Young also credited the UH Board of Regents. “The board is demanding greater transparency and accountability in UH's finances,” said Young. “We are committed to these principles as we work to support our students and faculty with quality educational experiences in a fiscally responsible manner.”

“The Board of Regents has wrestled with balancing affordability with a high quality education,” said Board Chair Randy Moore. “We support the UH administration in striving to achieve this difficult equilibrium.”

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