The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees on Friday approved a tuition increase at the college for the 2017-18 academic year.
Resident students will see a 5.7 percent increase in tuition, while non-resident undergraduate students will see a 5 percent increase.
Currently, tuition is $6,360 a year for in-state students. For the 2017-18 school year, tuition will cost $6,720. Out-of-state students currently pay $16,072 and will pay $16,872 next year.
Last year, the college saw an 8.6 percent increase for resident students. This is the first increase for non-resident students since the 2009-10 academic year.
The increase comes after the board in April approved increases in fees for room and board along with mandatory and course fees.
Room rates will increase by an average of 2 percent, and board rates will rise about 3.5 percent. The average cost for living on campus will go up from $9,790 for two semesters to $10,142.
The increase in tuition is expected to offset an anticipated 8 percent decline in enrollment, attributable in part to higher admission standards.
The college recently began to emphasize its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in an effort to attract more students.