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Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated

WSU President Kirk Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall.  “I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said.  WSU upd...

Letter from WSU officials updates faculty, staff about upcoming budget cuts

The university will implement a $37.2 million budget cut for fall due to the financial impact of COVID.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 22, 2020

WSU officials wrote a letter that updated faculty and staff on the upcoming school-wide budgetary cuts. The university needs to reach a state-mandated reduction of $37.2 million.  The school will not implement furloughs at this time, wrote Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and adminis...

WSU implements freeze on non-essential contracts, discretionary purchases

Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze will help staff prepare for funding reductions and offers some financial flexibility.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 13, 2020

WSU has placed an immediate freeze on all non-essential contracts and discretionary purchases of equipment and software to compensate for a 10 percent reduction in funds. Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze works as a tool to help staff prepare for fu...

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board members approved the budget for WSU Athletics. Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department anticipat...

WSU Athletics reduces spending in effort to maintain budget recovery

Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said their main priority is to keep the student-athlete experience the same.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

The WSU Athletics Department is expecting a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. It will reduce spending this year to maintain its financial recovery plan. Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said the department expects lower revenue from ticket sales, donations and concessions. A...

Faculty, staff told to prepare for 10 percent budget cut

WSU President Kirk Schulz sent an email to faculty and staff instructing them to prepare for budget cuts across each unit and department.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU president Kirk Schulz sent an email on Tuesday to faculty and staff stating that each unit or department should prepare for a 10 percent budget cut.  Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication, said this is in response to direction from Gov. Jay Inslee who said each state agen...

WSU officials address COVID-19 concerns in online town hall

WSU President Kirk Schulz said WSU must submit a financial plan to the state government, which is due June 1.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

WSU President Kirk Schulz said in a virtual town hall meeting today that administrators are planning for some in-person learning at all WSU campuses for the fall 2020 semester.  This does not mean that next semester will look “normal” like fall 2019 did, said Bryan Slinker, interim provost a...

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