Panel may recommend lifting tuition hike limits

January 7, 2019

Part of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education might recommend doing away with a state board’s ability to reject colleges’ proposed tuition hikes and the board’s power to stop colleges from creating new academic programs that duplicate existing programs.

A law passed in 2017 (House Bill 2815) allowed all colleges to increase resident student tuition by as much as 10 percent in a single year without getting approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission board. The law also said the increases couldn’t exceed 21 percent over any three-year period without HEPC board approval.

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