The University of Hawaii announced a new tuition schedule that will freeze tuition for 2 out of the next 4 academic years. This means that students attending the university during the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years will not see an increase in tuition costs.
The decision was made in an effort to provide relief to students and families who have been financially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The university said it is committed to making higher education accessible and affordable for all students.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
The board Thursday voted 9-1 for the new tuition schedule rates, which run through spring 2027. The new schedule freezes tuition for the next two academic years at all campuses, or during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years.
After that, resident tuition rates will increase by 2% at UH Hilo, UH Manoa and UH West Oahu in the following two academic years, or the 2025-26 and 2026-27 academic years. Nonresident undergraduate tuition rates at three- and four-year campuses will increase by the equivalent dollar amount in each of those two academic years.
“Tuition is the most challenging subject the regents face,” said UH Regents board Chair Randy Moore in a news release. “We are always trying to find a balance between how much can be afforded while also trying to keep up with the resources that we need to provide a quality education. We attempted to do that by keeping the freeze on the community college tuition while approving a modest increase in the tuition at the four-year campuses.”
The last time the board approved raising tuition rates was in 2016.