Acting in her capacity as an ex-officio member of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees, Governor Maggie Hassan made a motion to the board today to freeze in-state tuition for the next two years. In response to the board's unanimous vote in favor of the tuition freeze, the first in 25 years, Governor Hassan issued the following statement:
"I applaud the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees for taking this important step to make higher education more affordable for our families and students.
"I know that the drastic cuts made in the last budget to our universities have made it more difficult to build a highly skilled workforce and to keep New Hampshire's promising young people here in our state. To its credit, USNH has worked to do more with less and to innovate in the way they operate and educate our students. But ever increasing in-state tuition rates hurt our competitiveness and undermine our economic future.
"With the budget process now complete and funds for the university system substantially restored, freezing tuition for over 22,000 New Hampshire students will make a real difference for families and help us build a stronger workforce that will attract innovative companies. Making higher education more affordable and more accessible for all of our people is a priority of the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the people of New Hampshire, and I thank USNH for following through on their commitment to our students and families."