Legislation Introduced to Boost In-State Education Opportunities

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Representative Bill Henderson of Cheyenne introduced legislation this week to encourage more Wyoming residents to attend the University of Wyoming as well as Wyoming community colleges. By requiring a minimum 20 percent difference in out-of-state tuition and tuition for in-state students at UW and community colleges, this recognizes a priority for Wyoming residents to attend.

House Bill 34 (HB0034), the ‘Nonresident tuition and fee rates’ bill, will set a difference in tuition rates and fees for out-of-state and in-state students by a minimum of 20 percent. According to the fiscal note provided by the Legislative Service Office, the bill will not have a fiscal impact on the University or community colleges and offers the potential opportunity to raise additional fee revenue if a nonresident fee schedule is considered.

Other sponsors of this bill include Bill Haley of Centennial, Jerry Paxton of Encampment, and Senator Brian Boner of Douglas. HB0034 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on January 23.


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