UH Board of Regents approves ‘modest’ tuition increase

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii students can expect to pay more in tuition in the coming years.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents approved Thursday a tuition increase for the ten-campus system over a three-year period that starts with a zero-percent increase in the first year. The increases range from one to two percent in years two and three.

The university initially proposed a two-percent increase in the first year for the UH Manoa campus, but amended the proposal at the July 21 board meeting, where the increase was approved.

“I reviewed all the testimony this week and the testimony from this morning and I am struck by the request that we dig more deeply from within,” said UH president David Lassner. The regents accepted the proposal and asked for the administration to report back within a year.

“We are requiring the administration to report its progress on alternative financing of repairs for Manoa. 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,” said Regent Chair Jan Sullivan.

University officials say the money raised through the increase will only be used for projects that modernize student spaces, classrooms and laboratories.

“The priority is to follow the UH strategic direction to build a 21st university that provides the absolute best and most modern environment for our students—an environment designed for interdisciplinary collaboration that supports modern teaching, learning, innovation and scholarship,” said UH Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy Risa Dickson.

Tuition increases by campus:

Campus Year 1
2017–18
Year 2
2018–19
Year 3
2019–20
UH Manoa 0 % 2 % 2 %
UH Hilo 0 % 1 % 1 %
UH West Oahu 0 % 1 % 1 %
UH Community Colleges (lower division) 0 % 2 % 2 %
UH Community Colleges (upper division) 0 % 1 % 1 %

Non-resident rates should be increased at the same dollar value.

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