College Students Call on Lawmakers to Prevent Cuts

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A group of university student government leaders from across Michigan today called on state lawmakers to prevent budget cuts that have led to higher tuition rates.

Students said the higher tuition rates have made college less affordable, forced them to work more hours to pay their bills, and increased loan debt for graduates.

Michigan's 15 public universities have been hampered by budget cuts over the past few years.

Universities may not get all the money they were supposed to this fiscal year.

The result likely will be higher tuition at Michigan universities.

Michigan Tech already has approved a tuition increase of more than nine percent for next year.

Several schools are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.