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Board urged to review tuition waivers

May 30, 2012

Two members of the state board of higher education are calling for a re-assessment of a tuition waiver program for state college and university employees.

Michael Tikoian, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors for Higher Education and committee member Amy Beretta say the waiver system may be inappropriate in the current financial climate.

“Recent public attention on and discussion of these tuition waivers has raised questions in our minds,” Beretta and Tikoian said in a written statement. “We believe it is our responsibility to conduct a full review of these policies, assess how they are applied at each institution and to prepare an objective report for consideration by the Board as well as the Governor’s office and the General Assembly.”

State colleges and universities have been under fire recently over rising tuition costs and proposed faculty raises. The Providence Journal reported earlier this month that the popularity of tuition waivers has been rising, pushing up the cost of the program from $4.6 million five years ago to $10.6 million last year.

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