NH state colleges to freeze tuition for fifth year in a row

  • In this photo taken Wednesday April 6, 2016 students walk past the historic Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The water system serving the University is among more than two dozen in New Hampshire that have exceeded the federal lead standard at least once in the last three years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) AP file

Concord Monitor
Published: 11/30/2022 1:39:01 AM
Modified: 11/30/2022 1:36:37 AM

New Hampshire’s four-year public colleges and universities will be freezing tuition again for in-state students in the 2023-24 academic year, in an effort to make higher education more affordable.

This will be the fifth year in a row that the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees has voted to keep tuition rates the same for in-state residents at the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and Granite State College.

“During this challenging time of high inflation, the University System recognizes the significant financial investment necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Cathy Provencher, USNH Chief Administrative Officer. “We are meeting the challenge to support our New Hampshire students by providing increased financial aid and by holding tuition steady.”

Local students who will be seniors in fall 2023 will have paid the same tuition each year since their arrival. However, each year additional costs like housing, meal plans and activity fees still increase, even when tuition remains steady. The freeze does not apply to out-of-state students.

At the University of New Hampshire, in-state tuition is currently $15,520, but the total cost to attend the Durham campus is closer to $32,000 per year, factoring in housing, meal plans and mandatory fees. Out-of-state students pay $34,430 in tuition, which increased less than 2% in the last year. Their total cost to attend is closer to $51,000.

The average net tuition and fee rate for a resident student across USNH is $10,200 per year.

To try to keep higher education affordable, state schools are currently providing more aid to more students than at any other time in its history, trustees said. About 95% of first-year students receive some form of financial aid. In addition, the “Granite Guarantee” financial aid program covers the full cost of in-state tuition for in-state undergraduates with great financial need.

But despite the aid and tuition freezes, the average debt load of New Hampshire graduates, which is one of the highest in the country, has continued to escalate. In 2020, 70% of graduates from New Hampshire colleges left school in debt. New Hampshire students graduate with an average debt load of $39,928, the highest in the nation according to data from the Institute for College Access and Success.

Of all the schools in New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire had the highest average debt load at $45,755, while Dartmouth College had the lowest average debt load of $23,850.


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