On Tuesday (May 19), the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Board of Trustees held the first reading for tuition and fees and Fiscal Year 2016 budget considerations. During the meeting the Board unanimously approved a recommendation to keep CWI’s tuition at $136 per-credit-hour for the 2015-16 academic year.
CWI’s $136 cost-per-credit applies to in-district Idaho residents, regardless of the number of credits taken. CWI’s tuition has not increased since 2011.
The College of Western Idaho has three primary sources of revenue: tuition and fees, property taxes, and state appropriations. The College’s administration has conservatively budgeted for a slight decrease in tuition and fees revenue based on early credit hour enrollment projections.
“I am pleased that CWI has continued to balance operational costs from the general fund so that we can continue to provide affordable access to our students and the communities we serve,” noted Board Chair Mary Niland. “As a community college we serve a diverse student population and although we are budgeting slight decreases in our academic transfer, we are also looking at another potential increase in dual credit and workforce development training. This is a positive sign for our community. “
In addition to the approval of tuition and fees, the Board also approved recommendations from the CWI Finance Committee for the 2016 Fiscal Year related to employee pay and benefits. These increases included budget to cover Governor Butch Otter’s recommended and legislature approved three percent increase in employee compensation and additional health insurance costs, and some additional rank and promotion adjustments. Final approval of the Fiscal Year 2016 will occur in July.
The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information about the college, visit www.cwidaho.cc or call (208) 562-3000.