Home / Articles / News / Money Tree / NH Colleges Seeks Additional $52 Million from Legislature
2014 December 19 - 05:31 am

NH Colleges Seeks Additional $52 Million from Legislature

Proposal Would Freeze Tuition and Lower Costs for Community College Transfer Students

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s state universities want an additional $52 million next year to maintain a tuition freeze, give more scholarships to science and math students and lower tuition for some community college transfer students.

Representatives from the University System of New Hampshire recently presented the request to Gov. Maggie Hassan. The request serves as a guideline for Hassan as she begins to develop her budget that’s due to the Legislature in February. Hassan has already asked agencies to reduce their spending requests and encouraged university officials to look for ways to spend money more efficiently.

The university system’s total $205 million request for the next two-year budget would restore its funding slightly above the 2009 level. The Legislature already restored about half of drastic cuts made in the 2011-12 budget, but university officials say they need more money to attract the best students.

“Applications tanked” after the funding was cut, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston said. A survey conducted by the university showed students were not applying because it was cheaper for them to go to school out of state and because some students, particularly those in higher income brackets, perceived a decline in quality because of the budget cuts, Huddleston said.

New Hampshire students graduate on average with the highest level of college debt in the nation. The new $52 million would help keep tuition frozen, a recent initiative, and provide more scholarships for students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Training students in those areas is important for New Hampshire’s economic growth, Huddleston said. Some money will go toward stabilizing tuition for community college students in specific workforce training programs who plan to transfer to the university system.

Log in to use your Facebook account with
CC Week

Login With Facebook Account

Advocates Say Full Academic Load Is Key to On-Time Graduation

helps students. College students who enroll in 15 credits in their first semester, and 30 credits a year, accumulate mor... Full Story

Next Issue

Click on Cover
to view


League Leads Effort To Embed Colleges In Public Health Education

Community colleges long ago cemented their place as a central and critical contributor to the country’s health care wo... Full Story