By MOLLY WRIGHT/Montana State News
Out-of-state tuition costs at Montana State University continue to rise at a much faster rate than in-state costs, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
According to the Montana State University website, the current cost of tuition for in-state residents is $6,801, and the cost for out-of-state students is $21,390, an increase of approximately $500 for each.
When looked at by the year this increase seems comparable but when viewed as a longer trend the increase becomes unbalanced. Between just 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the change for out-of-state tuition was 3.3 percent, as compared to only a 0.7 percent increase for in-state.
The cost of tuition for out-of-state students rose 13.3 percent from the 2010-2011 school year to the 2013-2014 school year. That’s compared to an 9.5 percent increase for in-state students over the same period of time.
Local officials have expressed a desire to freeze in-state tuition in order to benefit in-state families and students.
According to NBC Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock is looking at a two-year tuition freeze for all Montana colleges that would add $44 million to the budget. The Montana University System Board of Regents will meet in May to discuss this possibility.
“When tuition goes up, it’s effectively a tax on working families and middle class folks all across our state,” Bullock told the University of Montana’s student newspaper, The Montana Kaimin.
– Edited by Jeremy Gould