MSU Hikes Tuition

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It will cost 12.3 percent more to attend the University of Michigan this fall than it did in the last school year under a new budget approved Thursday by the university board.

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees also signed off on new tuition rates for the upcoming school year at its meeting on Thursday. Returning students from Michigan will pay 9.3 percent more this fall, but new students will pay 13.5 percent more than freshmen last year.

Thursday's tuition announcements were the latest in a round of tuition hikes announced recently at colleges across the state, which range from 7.5 percent at Saginaw Valley State to 19 percent at Central Michigan.

University officials have said tuition increases are needed to offset repeated cuts in state funding. It is unclear how much the 15 public universities will get when the state's new fiscal year starts Oct. 1 because Gov. Jennifer Granholm and lawmakers still are negotiating.

Although the higher education budget is not set, the Democratic governor did not refrain from criticizing the tuition hikes on Thursday. She argued that university boards could do more to reduce spending.

"The kind of increases we are seeing right now are unacceptably high," said Granholm, who wants to double the number of college graduates over the next decade.

Full-time students at the University of Michigan from the state will pay $9,213 for the upcoming academic year, an increase of $1,012 from the 2004-05 school year.

The new cost of an annual tuition bill for Michigan State was unclear Thursday afternoon. A telephone message was left for Terry Denbow, vice president for university relations.