This year was different, though, as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked all public higher education institutions to cut their 2013-14 budgets by 8.9 percent.
"It is not comfortable in the state of West Virginia to have tuition increases . . . ," HEPC Secretary Kathy Eddy said, "but I think they made their case."
HEPC Chairman David Hendrickson said that as a first-generation college student himself, he hates to see tuitions increase but that it's necessary.
"It's very difficult in the state of West Virginia to find money to send kids to school," he said, "but it's also very hard to balance a budget when we're facing tough economic times in the state."
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the HEPC voted to proceed with a new student housing project at WVSU, which will add nearly 300 beds on campus and remove two deteriorating buildings.
The new residence hall is expected to be open by the fall 2014 semester, and is the first residence hall to be built on State's campus since 1968.
Hendrickson served at his last meeting Tuesday, and HEPC members voted for vice chairman Bruce Berry to take his place. Commission member Jenny Allen will now serve as vice chairman. Eddy will continue to serve as secretary.
Other HEPC members include Bob Brown, John Estep, John Leon and David Tyson.
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