UNH Works and its advocates are working with the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which includes UNH, Plymouth State University, Keene state College, and Granite State College, to request state appropriations of $100 million for the fiscal year of 2016, and $105 million for 2017. The board of trustees for USNH voted unanimously that any appropriations over the 2015 fiscal year levels of $84 million would be put towards:
For more information on our budget request, check out the USNH press release on the restoration of state funding to 2009 levels. Or read Pamela Diamantis’, Chair of the USNH Board of Trustees, op-ed piece on what restored funding would mean. For a full copy of the USNH budget request, you can download it here.
Despite the reduction in state appropriation in 2012-2013, USNH continued to fund financial aid at 2011 levels. Of the total state appropriation, USNH funds more than $12 million in direct state services and mandates. The rest of the state support provides direct need-based financial aid to New Hampshire students and helps to offset the difference between resident and non-resident tuition.
According to Moody’s investor service, USNH has maintained strong operating performance despite steep cuts in state support. Moody’s also stated that USNH is focused on cost containment and increased efficiencies.
USNH currently ranks first in New England and third in the country for degree attainment rate for public four-year institutions. In the future, USNH is also committed to increasing the number of STEM graduates to support NH’s growing high tech industry and economy. Without help from people like you, the citizens of New Hampshire, we will not be able to obtain the amount of funding from the state we need to achieve our goals.