Climbing College Costs Slows

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College students struggling to deal with 10 percent tuition hikes each of the past three years get little break this fall.

Tuition rates are increasing an average 2.7 percent at the state's 15 public universities because of an agreement they reached with the state.

By limiting tuition hikes to the rate of inflation, they get back some of the state funds they lost last year and avoid cuts in this fall's budget.

But even with lower tuition hikes, some students still are struggling.

The cost of a 30-credit academic year at one of the state universities is nearly $1200 more than it was three years ago.

That's because universities have seen their state funding steadily drop in recent years.