The cost of tuition will be going up at the University of Wyoming.

In accordance with a policy adopted last year, the UW Board of Trustees voted Friday to raise student tuition by 4 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.  The policy was adopted in order to give students an idea of what to expect each year, meet cost increases, and enhance the quality of education at UW.

Half of the revenues generated by the increase will go to compensation for faculty and staff.

“It’s the people who make the university work.  It’s the people who work with our students and provide them the opportunities and have the expertise and skills to give them the best education possible,” says UW spokesman Chad Baldwin.  “When we have some top performers, those are the people who make the biggest difference in the academic enterprise of the school, and it’s important to keep those people.”

The policy was adopted in order to give students an idea of what to expect each year, meet cost increases, and enhance the quality of education at UW.

“Even with this tuition increase, UW’s undergraduate resident tuition is the lowest in the country by far, and it will continue to be that way,” says Baldwin.