College tuition freeze unlikely under Montana governor’s proposed budget

A proposed budget released by Gov. Greg Gianforte would increase the Montana University System’s budget for the next two years by $11 million, presenting challenges for those hoping for a continuation of the tuition freeze.

The increase is less than the $37 million increase that was presented in then-Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget in November.

“We’ve been in discussion with the budget office and this didn’t take us by surprise,” said Tyler Trevor, deputy commissioner for budget and planning with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.