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USNH Announces A Sixth Consecutive Tuition Freeze For NH Undergraduate Students

Story By:
Paul Miller | Director of Strategic Communications and Community Relations
Tuition Freeze

Embracing a mission of providing accessible, high-quality, and affordable higher education opportunities for Granite Staters, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees has voted to not increase undergraduate tuition for New Hampshire students, including those attending Keene State College, for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The freeze marks the sixth straight year in which New Hampshire students will pay the same individual tuition rates at Keene State College, the University of New Hampshire, and Plymouth State University as was paid in the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Amid continued inflationary, demographic, and market pressures, the University System of New Hampshire remains deeply committed to maintaining its mission of providing affordable, accessible, and relevant degree programs that support the New Hampshire workforce and way of life with capable graduates,” said Cathy Provencher, USNH chief administrative officer and vice-chancellor. “Holding tuition flat for this period of time is an unprecedented commitment to continue pathways to meaningful degrees for New Hampshire students.”

For the same academic year, out-of-state undergraduate students will see a 2.5 percent increase in tuition at Keene State College and UNH, while the current rate will stay flat at Plymouth State.

To further demonstrate UNSH’s commitment to affordability, USNH institutions have provided more than $250 million in institutional financial aid that has translated into an average net tuition and fee rate of $10,200 per year making it less expensive today to attend USNH institutions than it was in 2019.

USNH continues to provide more aid to more students than at any other time in its history, with 89 percent of first-year students receiving some form of financial aid.

“The past several years have been challenging, fraught with economic strains for many families and students, and the pandemic only intensified those realities,” Mary Beth (MB) Lufkin, vice president for enrollment and student engagement at Keene State, said. “More than anything, making sure that we are doing all we can to help students pursue degrees is paramount, and an important workforce advantage for our region and our state.”

Additionally, Keene State College, the University of New Hampshire, and Plymouth State University continue to offer the groundbreaking financial aid program, Granite Guarantee, which makes college more affordable for Granite Staters by covering the full cost of in-state tuition for all undergraduates who qualify. First-year through senior-year students, along with Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) graduates who transfer to USNH institutions, benefit from the Granite Guarantee.

The University System of New Hampshire enrolls 27,000 students and consists of three public institutions: Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire. USNH strives to ensure the availability of high quality, affordable and accessible higher educational opportunities throughout New Hampshire and addresses critical state workforce needs. A 28-member Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the University System.

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