MSU to Propose Another Tuition Increase

Published 02/15 2012 09:16PM

Updated 02/16 2012 05:05AM

    Thursday, MSU's Administration will recommend to the Board of Regents a hike in tuition by 3.9 percent. They say the hike will bring $1.26 million. MSU says the tuition hike will be given to faculty and staff members in the form of pay increases, either a 2 percent increase or $500 dollars, which ever is more
    In the past a 5 percent tuition increase has been proposed, so this is the lowest increase at MSU since the state deregulated tuition in 2003.
    The University, like many other public schools is in serious money trouble now only receiving close to 20 percent from state funding,
where as 20 years ago that number was 80 percent.
    "Part of that comes because state appropriations get smaller and smaller every year. In fact we are looking at only about 19 percent appropriations for next year," said MSU's Julie Gaynor.
But like most tuition increases students aren't too keen on the idea.
    "Increasing it on the students might be a draw and reduce our enrollment which has already been falling over the past few years, but it does seem to become more and more of a necessity," said Philip Pubell, MSU Freshman.
    Thursday, they will also propose other fee changes as well. Some of those fee hikes include students with non- resident tuition going up $35-per credit hour to $65. Now if approved these changes will be made for the 2012-2013 academic school year

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