Jun 29, 2015 6:47 PM

In-state tuition freeze ends in Granite State for University System of NH


DURHAM - After a two-year tuition freeze, in-state tuition is about to rise in the Granite State.

This is tough news, especially since New Hampshire already has the highest average in-state cost.

The University System of New Hampshire announced Monday that they cannot continue the two-year tuition freeze. They originally wanted $100 million from the state, but they expect they'll only see around $81 million.

To offset the loss, state schools will see campus expense cuts and a close-to-3-percent tuition raise.

“College is not cheap, and I'm lucky I've had two kids with pretty good grades - so I hope to get some academic assistance - but anything else to keep the tuition low is wonderful,” said Joan Schibetta, a mother touring UNH with her daughter.

For Hannah Drake of Nashua, who will begin her senior year at UNH this fall, price was a big deciding factor for her family.

"Even if I hadn't loved it here, I think I would've had to come here anyways just because private schools were so unbelievably expensive," she said. "It was kind of a bummer finding out we were second highest in-state tuition."

UNH is now ranked 6th-highest in-state tuition nationally.

In-state tuition at UNH will go up close to $500.

Other USNH schools include Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College.

The USNH said outside of the 2-year freeze, this is the smallest increase in 10 years.


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