University of Hawaii Plans Tuition Hike

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The University of Hawaii Board of Regents will decide this fall whether to increase tuition costs — and by how much. The price hikes would help fill an $86 million hole in the university's operating budget.

Regents on Thursday learned about the proposed tuition schedule that would raise prices at every campus. The new price for one full-time semester at UH Manoa would be $4,332. The increases would be:

  • $132 at UH Manoa
  • $120 at UH Hilo
  • $60 at the community colleges
  • $228 for UH West Oahu, which has to deal with start-up costs

University officials are aware the cost hike may pose a hardship for some, but said it is necessary given the university's financial situation.

Amid budget cuts, faculty salaries had to be restored to pre-recession levels this year as negotiated in 2009. The university did not receive the $12 million it requested from the Legislature to help do that. The university's John A. Burns School of Medicine also lost $4 million per year in tobacco settlement money from the state.

"These increases, we believe, are reasonable," said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood in a press release issued Thursday. "They were kept as low as possible in light of how Hawaii families are struggling financially in these times. These increases will allow us to provide more financial aid, start addressing our long-delayed repair and maintenance backlog, upgrade our business systems to better manage enrollment and the need for classes, and expand the degree offerings in fields that we know will offer good-paying jobs of the future."

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