Tuition Hikes Likely for Colleges

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Michigan State University President Peter McPherson told WKAR listeners Monday that the school will make cuts before it raises tuition. McPherson said MSU has always been committed to providing affordable education and he wants to keep it that way.

MSU is facing $4.9 million in state budget cuts. Staff and programs are amongst the first things that will be cut. McPherson wouldn't give an estimated percentage of how much tuition could rise.

LCC President Paula Cunningham said tuition would likely increase between five and seven percent. LCC will likely lose nearly half a million dollars in state aid.

Both commented that cuts to higher education hurt the economy's future since college educated citizens need less state help and have more money to spend.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm will present state cuts on March 6.