LINCOLN – The board of trustees for the Nebraska State College System unanimously has voted to set tuition and fees for Wayne, Chadron and Peru Colleges for the next two years.
Full-time students attending the colleges will pay an additional $4.50 per credit hour in tuition for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
This is the first time in college system’s history that the board of trustees has set tuition for two academic years.
“The board felt that it is important to set the tuition rate for two years to provide stability for our students and their families,” said Gary Bieganski, board chairman. “Our state colleges are and will continue to be the most affordable and accessible option for Nebraska students to receive a high-quality four-year postsecondary education.”
The 2.54 and 2.48 percent increases, respectively, are the lowest increases implemented since the 2014-15 academic year. The lower rates are due to the support of Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Legislature in providing an increase in the general fund appropriation, which covers most of the state college system’s core needs for the biennium.
“The governor’s and legislature’s commitment this year will ensure that the state colleges remain an affordable four-year degree option for students in Nebraska as it helps maintain the distribution between state and student cost of attendance,” said Paul Turman, system chancellor. “Maintaining this critical balance is a top priority for the board of trustees as they weigh tuition increases each year.”
Appropriations will increase by 3.7 percent for each fiscal year of the biennium.