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MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
The bell tower on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing

Students at two of Michigan’s largest universities will be paying more in the fall.

The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents increased in-state undergraduate costs by 2.6% yesterday.

For out-of-state students, the increases will be higher: According to The Michigan Daily, out-of-state undergraduates will see their cost of attendance rise by 3.4%.

That brings the total cost of in-state attendance to $13,158. For out-of-state students, cost of attendance will be around $41,578.

Michigan State University followed suit today, increasing its in-state costs by 2.6% for in-state underclassmen, and 2.9% for in-state juniors and seniors.

The state’s budget increased its funding for higher education this year by 5.9%.

For the University of Michigan and its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn — that translates to $295 million coming from Lansing. That’s an increase of $18.5 million.

In East Lansing, MSU will receive $264.4 million from the state. But as LSJ’s Matthew Miller points out, “the same as it was in the mid-1990s.”

The move to increase tuition drew ire from University of Michigan Regent Andrea Fischer Newman.

From MLive:

"Is there some point where you would recommend we not increase tuition? Is there a number the State Legislature gives to the school where we're not having these conversations [about tuition increases]?"

But as others at the meeting pointed out, the recent increases in state funding don’t make up for a bigger, recession-fueled cuts.

Between 2008 and 2012, Lansing cut its contributions to higher education by 33%.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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