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Tuition at WWU will drop about $1,000 next year for most students

Western Washington University students walk to class in Red Square on Feb. 20, 2013. Resident undergraduate students will get a 15 percent tuition reduction for the 2016-17 school year.
Western Washington University students walk to class in Red Square on Feb. 20, 2013. Resident undergraduate students will get a 15 percent tuition reduction for the 2016-17 school year. The Bellingham Herald

Tuition at Western Washington University will be 15 percent cheaper for most students — but slightly more expensive for others — beginning next year, the university said.

The reduction, which applies only to resident undergraduates, comes after a mandate from the state Legislature that public universities lower tuition for those students. WWU’s Board of Trustees approved the reduction Thursday when it approved the university’s 2016-17 operating budget.

Western had already approved a 5 percent reduction for resident undergrads for the 2015-16 school year.

Resident undergrads make up about 87 percent of the university’s enrollment.

Tuition will increase by about 3 percent for non-resident undergraduate and all graduate students.

This most recent reduction for resident undergrads amounts to about $1,000 a year. Combined with the previous 5 percent reduction, students will save about $1,400 annually.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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