Chadron State College

The bronze statue of Mari Sandoz outside of the Sandoz Center on the campus of Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.

The cost of attending any of Nebraska’s three state colleges — Peru, Wayne and Chadron — rose Tuesday with their trustees’ blessing.

Tuition will go up a bit more than 2.5% in the 2019-20 school year at Peru, Wayne and Chadron. Student fees also will go up somewhat, depending on the college. The Nebraska State Board of Trustees made the decisions Tuesday in Lincoln.

Tuition at each will increase to $5,445 for a school year for resident undergraduates, up from $5,310 in 2018-19. Tuition is the same at each of the colleges. The trustees also called for a 2.5% tuition increase in 2020-21.

Mandatory student fees will go up by varying amounts at each college. A full-timer for a year at Peru State will pay about $2,156 in 2019-20, up from $2,141 the previous year; at Wayne State, fees will rise to $1,760, up from $1,679; and at Chadron State, they will climb to $1,955 for a school year, up from $1,886.

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The trustees early this year also approved slight increases in room and board at the three colleges. The assortment of meal and room plans complicates calculations and makes it impossible to compare identical plans between colleges. But for a two-person room and a mid-level meal plan, the total for those two elements generally will be about $7,560 a year at Peru, up from $7,338; at Wayne, those costs will increase to $7,162 from about $6,928; and at Chadron, $7,276, up from $6,930.

In all, tuition, fees, a two-person room and a mid-range board rate, without any financial aid, would be roughly $15,160 for a school year at Peru; $14,365 for Wayne; and $14,675 at Chadron. Precise amounts hinge on the room and board plans a student selects.

The state college system said through a press release that the 2.5% tuition increase is its lowest since 2014-15. The system credited Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Legislature with raising state appropriations for the colleges by 3.7% over each of the next two years.

Paul Turman, chancellor of the state college system, said the appropriations “will ensure that the state colleges remain an affordable, four-year degree option for students” in Nebraska.

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