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Higher education board votes to reduce Williston State fees

DICKINSON, N.D.— The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has voted to reduce student fees at Williston State College by 50 percent beginning in the spring of 2016.

The two-year college raised its overall cost of tuition, room, board and fees by nearly $15,000 this school year due in part to the higher cost of doing business in the oil patch. The college says it’s also trying to maintain its bond rating.

Some lawmakers complained it was effort to sidestep their plans to make college more affordable.

The motion passed Wednesday allows the university to decide which fees should be reduced.

North Dakota University System Chancellor says the increase was not an effort to circumvent the Legislature, but believes that system officials need to do a better job of communicating with lawmakers.

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