Students Fight Rising Tuition Costs

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

With budget cuts looming in Michigan, MSU students are hoping they won't be on the chopping block. The Associated Students of Michigan State University or ASMSU hosted a town hall meeting on campus with professors and legislators to attack the problem.

"We just want them to keep in mind that we're students, we're here for our education," said MSU senior Melissa Horste. "We care about higher education funding and it gets more and more expensive every year."

The average tuition bill for a Michigan student in 2005 was $7,100, helping costs to soar 37% in the past four years. It's a problem legislators say they're working on and hope to avoid cuts.

"It's an investment that we cannot afford not to make," said Senator Gretchen Whitmer of Lansing. "We have to have the intestinal fortitude, the political fortitude to go forward and make an investment in education."

According to a report card issued by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Michigan received an "F" when it came to affordability. While the state scrambles for answers, students are concerned others may not be able to afford higher education.

"It's important for the state to really keep tuition low," said senior Dave Coogan. "It's important for Michigan's future."

Some MSU students plan a march to the Capitol in April in an effort to lobby for more funding.

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