USNH: Restore funding and we’ll freeze tuition

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 15. 2014

CONCORD — Trustees of the New Hampshire university system offered up a deal to state officials Monday — restore university system funding to 2009 levels, and they will freeze tuition for in-state students for the next two school years.

The university system wants $100 million in state funding for the 2016 fiscal year and $105 million for 2017.

Two years ago, the university system froze tuition for two years. In-state tuition and fees this year at UNH amounts to $16,400.

“We are grateful for the support of the state legislature that allowed us to implement the first two-year in-state tuition freeze, and we are eager to continue that partnership for a total of four years,” said Pamela Diamantis, chair of the University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees.

In addition to the two-year freeze, the university system will increase scholarships for students in science, technology, engineering and math, officials said in a statement released Monday.

The current appropriation for the university system — $84 million — comprises about 8 percent of university system funding, the system said.

The increase would boost that share to about 10 percent.