CHENEY, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees (BOT) has approved the 2013-15 university operating budget, totaling $497,811,215. The budget includes no tuition increase for resident undergraduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The budget will keep EWU's overall tuition and cost of attendance - which includes fees, housing and books - the lowest among the state's universities. It will also allow the university to support its new strategic plan, which is focused on student success, community engagement, visibility and Eastern being an institution of innovation.
President Rodolfo Arévalo commended state lawmakers for stopping the trend of recent cuts and re-investing in higher education while approving a two-year state budget.
"While the economic environment is still very challenging, I hope we have turned a corner toward state support for higher education," said Arévalo. "This is truly a much-improved budget for our hard working students, as we are able to invest in their success and meet the emerging record enrollment needs - all while holding down any in-state undergraduate tuition increase."
"Dr. Arévalo has always been a champion of keeping tuition costs low and affordable for our students," said BOT Chair Paul Tanaka. "That is why my fellow trustees and I applaud his efforts and this budget."
Additionally, the Board of Trustees approved a 2013-15 capital budget totaling $43,600,730. This includes nearly $14 million for the phase 2 renovation of Patterson Hall, the university's main academic building which is expected to reopen for the winter 2014 quarter.
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