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Higher education board looks at rolling back Williston fees

FARGO, N.D. — A member of the state Board of Higher Education says he mulling over a measure that would refund fees to Williston State College students.

Some lawmakers were surprised to learn that the college in the North Dakota oil patch raised its mandatory fees by nearly 60 percent and its room and board by more than 25 percent. Williston State officials say the Legislature’s decision to cap tuition is a major factor.

Board member Don Morton, of Fargo, says he plans to propose a motion at the next board meeting that addresses fee increases.

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott says it’s a “dynamic situation” because the school is worried about maintaining its bond rating. But he says the system doesn’t want to give the impression that it’s circumventing lawmakers.

In related news, Williston State College ramps up room, board, mandatory fees.

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