MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved "modest" tuition increases aimed at funding much-needed upgrades and tackling backlogged maintenance.
Tuition at UH-Manoa and for most community college courses will go up 2 percent in the 2018-19 and the 2019-2020 school years. Tuition at all other campuses and upper-division community college courses will go up 1 percent in each of the two school years.
The BOE described the increases as "modest," and pointed out that they were lower than the tuition increases UH administrators initially proposed.
The undergraduate in-state tuition at UH-Manoa in the upcoming school year is $10,872. Under the plan approved Thursday, it would increase by $216 in 2018-19, and would increase to $11,034 in 2018-19.
The additional tuition funds will go to modernizing classrooms, labs, and student space across the UH system.
Officials said the tuition hikes will generate an additional $2.36 million annually, which will be used for debt service on up to $140 million in revenue bonds. The University of Hawaii will be required to regularly report on how the modernization funds are being used.
"We are requiring the administration to report its progress on alternative financing of repairs for Manoa," said Regent Chairwoman Jan Sullivan. "We also want to see an enrollment management plan to address recruitment and retention with target numbers and a Manoa campus management master plan that is based on a study of current space utilization incorporating findings of an integrated, high level academic strategic plan."