Citing inflation, Utah governor indicates tuition freeze is coming

Dec 13, 2022, 3:00 PM
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has indicated that Utah universities will see a tuition freeze in 2023....
FILE: University of Utah students walk on campus in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has signaled that Utah's state universities will see a tuition freeze in 2023 (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — It looks like a college tuition freeze will pass after Gov. Spencer Cox announced it in his budget meeting Friday.

During the meeting, Gov. Cox said that the costs for tuition and fees are out-pacing inflation.

Utah Higher Education Commissioner Dave Woolstenhulme told KSL NewsRadio that the freeze “would put a freeze on any increase to tuition for the upcoming school year.”

And, Woolstenhulme said the freeze is good news for those who’ve been contemplating a college education.

“I would just encourage anyone that’s interested or has a desire to go back to school, reach out, reach out to your local institution because there’s a lot of possibilities out there for them.”

Tuition freeze will put a strain on higher education

Universities will need to look at their finances and see where they can save in order to pay employees enough to combat inflation while keeping costs low for students.

“The state board is really tuned in to ‘what do we need to do to keep our tuition as low as possible?’ But on the same hand, we want to make sure we have a very high-quality institution,” Woolstenhulme said.

He also said that schools will have to do some re-vamping internally to help mitigate costs. That way the tuition freeze doesn’t cause bigger increases in future years.

“So that’s one of the things institutions will have to look at, is how they can do some internal savings — at the institutions. Or what that might look like working with the Legislature to see if they can fund more of that.”

But Woolstenhulme said the Utah System of Higher Education is actively working to make sure the freeze won’t make future fees higher than normal.

Related: Student loan forgiveness resolution on hold until 2023

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Education + Schools

Utah 2022 legislative session...
Lindsay Aerts

Home schools and micro-schooling defined under new Utah bill

A new bill in the Utah legislature is seeking to redefine home schools and micro-schools under Utah law.
10 hours ago
Police siren pictured, eagle mountain police in a standoff right now...
Mark Jones

Boy injured after falling from slide at Rose Springs Elementary School

The Tooele County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition after falling off a slide at school Monday morning.
1 day ago
For the second year, Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will be hosting “My BeUTAHful” art competitio...
Elizabeth Weiler

Win a UTA pass, art supplies and gift cards in student art competition

For the second year, Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will be hosting “My BeUTAHful” art competition. From now until March 20, students k-12 may submit their original art following the theme "Imagine + Lead + Change".
1 day ago
SLCC to host Black History Month events....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake Community College to host Black History Month events

The Salt Lake City Community College is hosting numerous events in recognition of Black History Month including a film viewing and panel.
4 days ago
One of the topics being discussed during the 2023 Utah Legislative Session is how to combat the tea...
Mark Jones

Bill would allow individuals to become teachers without a bachelor’s degree

A bill being discussed on in the legislative session would allow for individuals to become teachers without obtaining a bachelor's degree.
6 days ago
Computer systems in the Alpine School District are being investigated after the district's technolo...
Adam Small

Alpine schools investigating “suspicious” computer activity

The issue involves the Alpine district's computer software. On Tuesday, the district said they noticed suspicious activity.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

This article about skijoring is sponsored by the Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participate in Skijoring the Bear on February 20th, 2023.  What is skijoring? Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and […]
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Citing inflation, Utah governor indicates tuition freeze is coming