Following today's announcement by the Community College System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees of a five-percent tuition reduction beginning in the 2014 fall semester, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
"Making higher education more affordable for all of our families is one of my highest priorities as we work to build a stronger workforce that will lead to innovative economic growth. I applaud the leadership of the Community College System of New Hampshire for their decision to reduce tuition and their continued commitment to the success of our students. This important step forward for our workforce builds on the progress we made in last year's bipartisan budget to restore investments in higher education in exchange for a tuition freeze.
"Our community colleges continue to modernize and innovate by developing nimble and cutting-edge programs, offering more online education options, and aligning their programs with the needs of the business community. Through these partnerships, we are developing a stronger workforce pipeline that can help existing businesses grow and attract new companies to our state, and we are helping students develop the skills they need for good jobs in the 21st century economy.
"I thank the Legislature for working with me last year in a bipartisan effort to provide the investment that helped make this tuition reduction possible, and I am grateful that CCSNH took this step to make higher education more affordable. I look forward to working with the higher education community, businesses, and legislators from both parties to continue our progress and ensure that New Hampshire's workforce is the strongest in the nation."