For the last two years, WSU has followed the state legislature's recommendation and increased tuition by 16%. WSU President Elson Floyd proposed the smaller increase to provide students and parents a degree of certainty about the cost of college in the fall, even though the legislature hasn't developed a final budget.
"We should never, ever price students out of higher education," said Floyd. "I am fearful that we are doing precisely that with the rate of tuition increases which we've had in the past."
The increase was set with the assumption that the legislature will continue to allow state universities to set their own tuition rates, which is something they've done over the last couple years. The Pullman campus will also see a $10 increase in services and activities fees and a $3-per-semester increase in Student Recreation Center fees.