Beatrice Tavernini of Windham has sent four kids through college. Now as her youngest, Jennifer, is set to finish her last two years at the University of New Hampshire, she will see something she’s never seen before: frozen tuition rates.
The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted unanimously yesterday to freeze tuition for the next two years. It is the first tuition freeze the state system has had in 25 years.
“It’s about time,” Tavernini said. “Prices have gone up every year. It’s been ridiculous.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan was instrumental in the move. State community colleges announced a tuition freeze a day earlier.
In fact, Hassan made the motion for the freeze at a trustees’ meeting in Keene yesterday.
“With the budget process now complete and funds for the university system substantially restored,” Hassan said, “freezing tuition for over 22,000 New Hampshire students will make a real difference for families and help us build a stronger workforce that will attract innovative companies.”
The freezes will affect UNH, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.
Hassan said the decision wouldn’t have been possible if the Legislature didn’t restore funding to state universities. Some $69 million will be restored this fiscal year, $84 million next year.
Trustee Chairman Richard Galway thanked Hassan for her support of the freeze.
“We are grateful for Gov. Maggie Hassan’s early and strong support for public higher education in the Granite State,” Galway said. “Her commitment and leadership in restoring a majority of the previous Legislature’s budget cuts to public higher education never wavered.
Tyler Gullbrand, a philosophy and chemistry major from Salem, said it was welcome news.
“The fact that the state made so many funding cuts, made tuition hikes a looming fear,” said Gullbrand, who will be starting his junior year at UNH in the fall.