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Higher Education Board Approves Higher Tuition

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An increase in tuition is never good news, but it's often unavoidable. Yesterday, the Board of Higher Education decided to increase tuition for the upcoming school year. Students and parents need to prepare both mentally and financially.

While there is general disappointment among those who have to pay for tuition, they understood that it comes with the degree.

Telling students at BSC their tuition was going to increase next school year was not met with happy attitudes.

"I think it's kind of a bad deal. We are full time college students, full time working and we're short on money. And now, we're gonna have to pay more for education. And it just makes it harder for people," says BSC student Kelsie Seiler.

"I'm working all summer to pay for college because I don't like working during school, so I can keep my grades up and everything. It's hard earned money, just kinda like gone like that. But it's what you have to do to get an education,"says BSC student Colton Roshau.

The board recently made the decision BSC tuition increases around two percent, for others it ranges from two to seven percent. But, North Dakota college students should appreciate their tuition in comparison to others.

"Right now our four year institutions are really good deals for our students. And the tuition rates that we talked about yesterday at the board meeting. That's just so that those institutions continue," says University System Chancellor Larry Skogen.

Skogen says universities have costs such as inflation, utilities and salaries and increasing tuition helps to keep finances level. NDUS board set a cap for how much colleges can increase tuition and most schools are below the cap.  

Financial aid officials say there is help.

"Having students kinda do their research, and looking at these scholarship opportunities. That's a lot out there, if they just do the research, follow up. It's a lot of work, but it's well work it for a lot of students," says BSC financial advisor Jeff Jacobs. 

Another suggestion is that students go part time to help defer some of the costs.

 

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