The debate about how Michigan's 15 public universities are funded is heating up.
Representatives from several of the state's smaller universities are lobbying lawmakers to reject a format that would separate their state aid budget bill from one for the state's three largest universities, Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State.
The smaller schools want to keep university state aid budgets in one big bill, the way it traditionally has been done in Michigan.
The smaller schools worry that separating the budget bills could lead to a format that eventually gives the larger universities more money at their expense.
But the big schools say they do not want to take money away from the other universities.