The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted unanimously to freeze in-state tuition for academic year 2020-2021 for undergraduates at all four of its institutions – Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire.
“We are grateful to the Governor, legislative leadership and members of the House and Senate for the increased appropriation to the University System enabling us to hold down the cost of higher education for New Hampshire students and their families at a time when USNH graduates are a critical part of New Hampshire’s workforce pipeline, and in turn, our state’s future economy,” said Todd Leach, Chancellor of USNH.
“Affordable access to a high-quality education for the citizens of New Hampshire is a primary objective of the USNH Board of Trustees. A strict discipline of cost containment has enabled the University System to keep tuition increases below inflation while steadily increasing student aid. And now, with the increase in state support of the University System, we are delighted to be able to freeze next year’s tuition for our state’s residents, said Joe Morone, Chair of the USNH Board of Trustees.
In addition to support for a tuition freeze, the recently passed state budget includes $9 million dollars of strategic investment for UNH to address healthcare related workforce needs, including the doubling of nursing capacity and the creation of a state-of-the-art patient simulation center.
The USNH appropriations request received strong support from the business community, including the unanimous endorsement of the NH Business and Industry Association.
USNH enrolls 32,000 students and consists of four public institutions: Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire. USNH strives to ensure the availability of appropriate and accessible higher educational opportunities throughout New Hampshire and addresses critical state workforce needs. A 29-member Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the University System.