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Regents approve tuition and fee rates, designate Yakima Consortium site

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Members of the Washington State University Board of Regents approved new tuition, housing and dining as well as other fee rates for the upcoming 2022–23 academic year during their meeting Friday in Spokane.

Resident and non-resident undergraduate and graduate students are subject to a 2.4% tuition increase compared to the current academic year. Tuition rate changes for other programs range from no increase for Masters of Nursing resident and non-resident students to a 4% increase for residential Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.

Rate increases are used in part to fund incremental cost increases related to benefits and compensation. WSU is also facing tuition revenue challenges related to enrollment declines, a trend observed nationwide amid the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Friday’s Board of Regents meeting took place in Spokane and was livestreamed and recorded on YouTube. More information on the board’s agenda and actions can be found on its website.

During his presentation to the Board of Regents, WSU System President Kirk Schulz highlighted several recent developments, including the hiring of Wendy Powers as Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and the record-setting $20 million gift from Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

Schulz concluded his remarks by recognizing the excitement within the Cougar community around graduation and the end of another academic year.

“It’s been a long year, but I could not be more pleased with where we are as an institution,” Schulz said.  “I’m a glass half-full person and I think we got our best yet ahead of us.”

Other actions

Among the other decisions Friday was approving a new designation for university operations in Yakima.

The Yakima Instructional Site will be elevated to the Yakima Consortium, which offers nursing and other health sciences instruction. These programs are made possible thanks to collaboration between WSU and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

The new designation signals WSU’s commitment to Yakima and enhanced relationships with regional healthcare providers. It also further illuminates WSU’s vision for Yakima as a hub in Central Washington for health science education and improved access to health care for chronically underserved populations.

“What we are seeking to achieve is a partnership that serves locally and regionally to recruit, educate and return students in this area,” WSU Spokane Chancellor Daryll DeWald said Thursday.

Regents also voted unanimously to retain Marty Dickinson and Lisa Schauer as chair and vice chair of the WSU Board of Regents, respectively.

The Board of Regents will next convene for a retreat in Spokane June 6 and 7.

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