In-state tuition for master’s of Business Administration degree students could go up compared to regular graduate tuition, but not for at least another year, said David Gorton, director of the master’s of Business Administration.
It will be over a year before the College of Business and Public Administration considers the change, said Gorton.
Since winter quarter, out-of-state students have been paying lower tuition at $395 a credit compared to other students in other programs.
Students approved through individual waivers started paying cheaper tuition in January.
Originally the discussion of differential tuition began fall quarter, Gorton said.
“This is kind of a shift in the way the program runs,” he said.
The school, located at Riverpoint in downtown Spokane, has just begun a four-year pilot project to help curb costs of growth as assistance from the government has gone down.
“As part of this, a year from now we will have a differential tuition,” Gorton said. “The program has increased rapidly with budget cuts, and no change in resources.”
Gorton said no official amount of the increase for in-state tuition has been announced.
The program is still considering the amount of the tuition raise, but master’s of Business Administration students will be the first to know, Gorton said.
Also, the Eastern Board of Trustees would have to approve the tuition hike.
“There has to be a good balance between what services are provided and what you should charge,” he said.
If the tuition increase is approved, Gorton said that graduate assistance would increase to help faculty, which translates to a benefit to the students and faculty.
As of spring quarter, 80 students are taking master’s degree courses, and 70 students are taking foundation courses that will apply to their master’s degree.
“We are not done with planning and discussions,” Gorton said.