The Project on Student Debt found that NH students graduate on average with $36,101 in student debt and the highest percentage of students that graduate with debt at 76%, both highest in the United States.
It is not the Legislature nor the Governor who set tuition rates for the University System of NH (USNH). It is the USNH Board of Trustees.
The NH House approved a budget that provided $19 million less than Gov. Hassan had requested -- $81 million in both 2016 and 2017.
USNH requested state support of $100 million for 2016 and $105 million for 2017, which would have restored state support to the pre former NH House Speaker O'Brien's 2010 budget cuts. In return, USNH guaranteed a second two-year freeze on in-state tuition. Governor Maggie Hassan proposed $87 million in 2016 and $94 million in 2017, and the Republican-led House passed an $11.35 billion state budget last fall that reduced that amount significantly.. As a result, in state tuition increased 2.75%.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , only 8 states have cut higher education more than New Hampshire, and per-student funding for New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities is 30% below 2008 levels.
We've got some work to do in NH. New Hampshire's economy is dependent on a skilled workforce and access to affordable college education is paramount to continue to grow our economy.