September 27, 2007
State Universities Raise Tuition Despite Large Boost From States
State Universities tend to blame their tuition increases on the lack of funding from the state governments. But according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, many schools raised tuition despite getting big increases from the state governments! Read the excerpt below.
Many Public Colleges Have Raised Tuition Despite Big Increases in State Support
Public colleges often blame their tuition increases on state lawmakers who, the colleges say, have not given them enough extra money to keep up with rising costs. But this year, many states’ public colleges received sizable infusions of public money and then raised tuition significantly anyway.
In nearly half of the states, both appropriations for higher education and public-college tuitions rose by 5 percent or more, substantially faster than inflation. In Colorado, for example, tuition jumped by 14.6 percent at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus and by 7.7 percent at the university’s Colorado Springs campus, even though state lawmakers increased spending on higher education by 8.4 percent. In Nevada, public universities increased their tuition by 10.9 percent, despite having received a 6.4-percent increase in public support for the 2007-8 fiscal year.
In more than a dozen of the states where tuition did not rise as much, public colleges had little say over
the matter because lawmakers had passed legislation limiting how much such institutions could raise
tuition or freezing tuition at current levels.
The explanations for why public colleges continued to increase tuition despite getting more tax-dollar
support vary from state to state. But in general, “the relationship between fees and funding may not be as
direct as we think,” said Arthur M. Hauptman, an independent consultant on higher-education policy.
While reductions in state spending on higher education tend to quickly send tuition skyward, Mr.
Hauptman said, major increases in such spending do not always cause tuition to level off or go back
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